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Re: SSL handshake failed: SSL alert received

From: Philip Martin <philip_at_codematters.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 10:38:46 +0100

Philip Martin <philip_at_codematters.co.uk> writes:

> "Brandon L. Wisenburg" <brandon_at_wisenburg.com> writes:
>> svn update
>> svn: OPTIONS of 'https://domain/src': SSL handshake failed: SSL alert
>> received: Handshake failed (https://www.domain.com)
> You don't say which version of Subversion you are using but that looks
> like an old client as a newer client would include an error number in
> the error message. An old client probably uses an old SSL library and
> it is possible that the client's SSL library doesn't support the SSL
> connection that the server is trying to establish.
> If the client has the OpenSSL tools installed you can use
> openssl s_client -connect domain:443
> to see lots of detail about the SSL negotiation.

That may not be the problem. The client appears to have sent an OPTIONS
request which happens after the SSL connection has been established.

If the client has the socat proxy installed you can use the instructions


to get a network trace of the OPTIONS request and response.

Received on 2018-07-12 11:38:56 CEST

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