Achieving high security

Introduction #

After implementing the following in ProVide it is now possible to configure the server to achieve a perfect score at Qualys SSL Labs official test.

  • Implemented support for HTTP Strict Transport Security.
  • Implemented support to individually enable/disable SSL/TLS protocols (SSL v2, SSL v3, TLS v1, TLS v1.1, TLS v1.2, TLS v1.3).
  • Implemented support for forward secrecy with most browsers.
  • Improved support for completely loading chain certificates including intermediate.
  • Improved support for individually enable/disable SSL/TLS ciphers.
  • Improved support for renegotiation (allow secure, disable client-initiated).
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Requirements #

  • Latest version of ProVide
  • Purchased certificate with at least 4096 bit key using SHA256 encryption (not SHA1)

Instructions #

  1. Stop the ProVide service
  2. Browse to the ProVide installation directory.
  3. Place your intermediate certificate(s) inside the “certificates” folder.
  4. Open the “settings.ini” file
  5. Find [HTTPS Protocols] and [HTTPS Ciphers] and alter them to look like this:
    [HTTPS Protocols]
    “TLS v1.3”
    [HTTPS Ciphers]
  6. Save the file
  7. Start the ProVide service
  8. Run the SSL Test found here to see your results: SSL Test

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