[Modules] mod_gnutls: Failed to load Client CA File ... The given memory buffer is too short to hold parameters.

Sander Marechal s.marechal at jejik.com
Wed Jan 14 03:00:21 EST 2009


I'm the submitter of the bug at Debian.

Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos wrote:
> Thanks for the report. I'll try to fix it as soon. However note that if
> you want to set all the list of ca-certificates.crt as the trusted list
> then probably you are doing something wrong.

In my case I am building a website where people authenticate using a
client certificate. I extract the e-mail address from the client
certificate DN and match that against the database of known users. If
it's an unknown user then they can create an account.

I don't want to babysit SSL certificates and sign them all myself. As
long as someone presents me with a certificate signed by someone I trust
(that would be all the CA's in ca-certificates) I want them to be able
to access the website. This is not some small, closed intranet or
something, but a website that anyone should be able to access.

The only way I see to reduce the list of CA's that I need to load is to
figure out which of them don't give out client certificates. There's got
to be quite a few in that list that only give out server certificates.

Sander Marechal

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