Intermittent SSL Handshake Errors

ericr nginx-forum at
Fri Feb 6 18:49:22 UTC 2015

We've been unable to reproduce it with any one browser or IP address. It
really is very intermittent. Fortunately, I believe we've gotten to the
bottom of this. It looks like our data center switched us over to anti-DDoS
route. This means all of our traffic has been passing through hardware that
performs heavy packet filtering. The packet loss was causing a lot of
confusion for both server and clients. The TLS version fallback that some
browsers do upon an unsuccessful handshake made it all the more confusing,
since these errors get logged as SSL errors in nginx logs.

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