Java update broke the Dell DRAC 5 remote management cards!

So the openjdk in most linux distros has now been upgraded to v1.8. This has a good bug fix regarding the whole SSLv3 Poodle vulnerability.

This has one problem. The Dell DRAC remote management cards installed in a lot of Dell servers relies on SSLv3 to operate. Without this, you can get into the web interface – but when you get an error stating Error when reading from SSL socket connection and no further.


Thankfully, it is simple to re-enable SSLv3 to allow the connection to succeed.

Open up /usr/lib/jvm/*/jre/lib/security/ in your favourite editor as root, and change the following line:



This enables SSLv3 to all java applications – however it exposes yourself to the MITM attack as defined in CVE-2014-3566. I suggest having a read of the CVE to understand if you want to leave this setting as default on your system or disable it again afterwards.


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    • Fred Sawyer on June 11, 2015 at 1:23 am
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    Just ran into this issue, your write up saved tons of time. Thanks for sharing.

    • Niru on June 29, 2015 at 4:33 pm
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    Really fantastic solution. Thank you so much for posting very valuable and useful info…

    • fish on October 8, 2015 at 3:57 am
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    nice attempt, unfortunately didn’t work for me. Is there any other place, where maybe globally defined parameters are? I try to acces the virtual console of HP ILO 2. When I use the browser, I can download the JAR-file, but java says:

    JAR not found. Continuing.

    My environment:

    fedora 21,
    OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_60-b27)
    OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.60-b23, mixed mode)

    regards fish

  1. Thank you Steve this did the trick for a problem with a KVM viewer.
    It is a wonder why Java implementations and the API are completely non-standard and each update seems to break critical applications.

    • Bill on April 8, 2016 at 11:38 pm
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    I had to do this, and do a remote racadm command to get the ssl cert or else I kept getting the same error.

    Using remote racadm, I ran this command:

    racadm -r -u -p sslcertdownload -t 1 -f

    Then it works like a charm for me.

    • Bill on April 8, 2016 at 11:39 pm
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    I forgot to add that I then had to import the cert into Java.

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