Fixing failing ports for Hardened/LibreBSD 17 apr 2016

HardenedBSD ran an exp-run with LibreSSL in base. This was expected to uncover a lot of issues where ports check the OPENSSL_VERSION_NUMBER to determine if a feature is available. To my surprise, it only uncovered 12 ports that failed due to these version checks.

Fixing failing ports for Hardened/LibreBSD


The LibreSSL ports (up to 2.4) on FreeBSD include a patch that modifies the OpenSSL version in the header files

--- include/openssl/opensslv.h.orig     2015-09-11 22:35:14 UTC
+++ include/openssl/opensslv.h
@@ -7,7 +7,7 @@
 #define LIBRESSL_VERSION_TEXT  "LibreSSL 2.3.0"

 /* These will never change */
-#define OPENSSL_VERSION_NUMBER 0x20000000L
+#define OPENSSL_VERSION_NUMBER 0x1000107fL

This patch locks the OpenSSL version that is exposed to software to 1.0.1g in line with the forking of LibreSSL from OpenSSL.

This version modification was added to LibreSSL by the original maintainer to circumvent the issues that would arise if ports check OPENSSL_VERSION_NUMBER as a surrogate to detect features. This is a problematic way of checking for features, how will we ever be able to remove features this way!

Result of exp-run

When replacing OpenSSL with LibreSSL for HardenedBSD, I decided to do away with this change and see where I'd end up. Interestingly only 12 ports were failing due to these checks. As more and more software starts using features from 1.0.2 and 1.1.0 this may increase but at least the rate of these issues arising will be lower.


A side-effect of this exp-run is that we are detecting ports that do not set or honor USES= ssl (which replaces USE_OPENSSL= yes since June) in the port's Makefile. This means that they weren't failing when DEFAULT_VERSIONS+= ssl=libressl-devel (which replaces WITH_OPENSSL_PORT= yes and OPENSSL_PORT= security/libressl-devel since June) is set during build of ports but they are failing now because there's no OpenSSL libcrypto/libssl available on the system.

Port Problem
benchmarks/postal SSLv3
databases/mongodb32-tools SSLv3
databases/mongodb32 SSLv3
devel/tcl-trf SHA-0
finance/openhbci DES_
mail/emailrelay SSLv3
mail/mixmaster EGD
mail/libesmtp DES
mail/prayer SSLv3 EGD
misc/smssend SSLv3
multimedia/oscam SSLv3
net/Sockets SSLv3
net/l4ip EGD
net/netatalk DES_
net/netatalk3 DES_
net/ssltunnel-client DES_
net-mgmt/snmp++ DES_
net-p2p/shx EGD
security/certificate-transparency CMS
security/distcache SSLv3
security/dsniff DES_
security/rcracki_mt DES_
www/tomcat-native SSLv3

All in all I created patches for all of these issues. You can find them in LibreSSL Ports and No-SSLv3.


All in all there are 204 ports with issues most have patches as well. Not sure if I'll ever get around to updating the number of fixes and the number of ports fixed as well, this is becoming increasingly complex to track using a wiki page!

Problem Description Number of ports
SSLv3 SSLv3 methods removed from LibreSSL 2.3 85
EGD RAND_egd methods removed from LibreSSL 38
DES deprecated des_ methods (replaced by DES_ methods) 29
COMP SSL compression removed from LibreSSL 10
SHA-0 SHA-0 methods removed from LibreSSL 2.3 8
SSLv2 SSLv2 methods removed from LibreSSL 7
arc4rand Conflict with FreeBSD/LibreSSL libs 4
PSK Pre-Shared Key removed from LibreSSL 4
CMS Deprecated S/MIME methods 3
GOST GOST methods removed 2
Other Non categorized 25

The majority of issues is with the removal of SSLv3. This should improve quickly over the coming months as OpenSSL 1.1 gets released which removes SSLv3 in the default build configuration as well.