Problem accessing bbs.archlinux.org

  • Kind of strange. From my laptop running Arch Linux w/Enlightenment(19), I cannot access bbs.archlinux.org with Opera 12.16, build 1860, 64-bit. I can access it fine with Firefox from the same laptop and OS.

    Here is the crux of the error message...
    <blockquote>Unable to complete secure transaction

    You tried to access the address https://bbs.archlinux.org/index.php, which is currently unavailable. Please make sure that the web address (URL) is correctly spelled and punctuated, then try reloading the page.

    Secure connection: fatal error (1066)

    https://bbs.archlinux.org/index.php

    Unable to verify the website's identity (OCSP error).</blockquote>

  • Works fine here in Opera 27

  • Also works here in 12.16-1860 as well.

  • Since today (2014-11-10) I also get a lot of SSL errors on many different sites. I can't confirm this error for the website mentioned above, but for several others I get the exact same SSL error.

    I'm using Opera 12.16 on Ubuntu and there must have something changed related to the SSL handling. I can't even inspect the SSL certificate – instead the error message is the only thing I see.

    I'm getting »Secure connection: fatal error (1066) / Unable to verify the website's identity (OCSP error).« or, if I disable: OSCP »Secure connection: fatal error (49)« for example on the following sites (all via HTTPS):

  • https://askubuntu.com/
    https://cloudflare.com/

    does not work on Windows ans Debian 7.7, too. OCSP errors. Annyoing problems with old Opera 12.x since months 😞

  • Secure connection: fatal error (1066)

    Unable to verify the website's identity (OCSP error)

    This normally means that the website tried to do OCSP stapling, and got it incorrect. This is a server setup issue, where the server gets a validity stamp (OCSP) for the certificate, and sends this stamp with the certificate. If the validity has expired, Opera 12 will show this error. Some servers might get OCSP responses valid for 3 days, and replace it every 5 days, so 2 out of 5 days, the setup will be incorrect, and Opera will refuse the insecure connection.

    If you find this a problem, you can disable this check in the settings:

    opera:config?ocsp#SecurityPrefs|OCSPValidateCertificates

    Note that by doing so, you lose out on one of the security checks employed in Presto.

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