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  1. Core Server
  2. SERVER-55119

Create startup warning indicating that X.509 certificates without SANs are deprecated

    • Minor Change
    • v5.0, v4.4, v4.2, v4.0
    • Security 2021-04-05

      X.509 certificates have had two mechanisms for defining the hostname they bind their public key to.
      If a Subject Alternative Name is present in the certificate, the names defined there are considered to be bound.
      If no SAN is present, but the certificate's subject name contains a Common Name component, and that Common Name was interpretable as a hostname, that hostname was considered bound.

      The Common Name has been considered deprecated by Subject Alternative Names, because Common Names don't, semantically, have anything to do with hostnames.

      Various cryptographic libraries are removing support for hostname validation via common names. Apple's TLS framework stopped recognizing common names in iOS 13 and MacOS 10.15. Go 1.15 no longer recognizes common names by default, and the tunable knob will be removed in a future release.

      Clients using these platforms will find themselves unable to connect to MongoDB servers which use X509 certificate whose hostnames are advertised by CommonName attributes.

      We should indicate that these style of certificates are deprecated and should be replaced to all administrators whose servers use them. We should parse the server's server certificate at startup and emit a startup warning if it doesn't have a SAN. We should backport this change to all supported releases.

            sergey.galtsev@mongodb.com Sergey Galtsev (Inactive)
            spencer.jackson@mongodb.com Spencer Jackson
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