Why does Python requests ignore the verify parameter

python-requests, ssl, ssl-certificate

Why does Python requests ignore the verify parameter

I have been trying to use Python's requests package to download the following URL:


In Chrome, the certificate seems valid:

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However, in Python, the request fails with SSLV3_ALERT_HANDSHAKE_FAILURE, even when using the verify flag which ignores erroneous certificates:

Requests can also ignore verifying the SSL certificate if you set verify to False

Why does Python requests ignore the verify parameter

>>> requests.__version__'2.7.0'>>> LOGIN_URL = 'https://service.isracard.co.il/I_logon.jsp'>>> requests.get(LOGIN_URL, verify=False)Traceback (most recent call last):  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>  File "/private/tmp/sslenv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/requests/api.py", line 69, in get    return request('get', url, params=params, **kwargs)  File "/private/tmp/sslenv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/requests/api.py", line 50, in request    response = session.request(method=method, url=url, **kwargs)  File "/private/tmp/sslenv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/requests/sessions.py", line 465, in request    resp = self.send(prep, **send_kwargs)  File "/private/tmp/sslenv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/requests/sessions.py", line 573, in send    r = adapter.send(request, **kwargs)  File "/private/tmp/sslenv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/requests/adapters.py", line 431, in send    raise SSLError(e, request=request)requests.exceptions.SSLError: [SSL: SSLV3_ALERT_HANDSHAKE_FAILURE] sslv3 alert handshake failure (_ssl.c:590)

Why does Python requests ignore the verify parameter

OS And packages

I'm using requests 2.7.0 and Python 2.7.10 in a virtual environment on OSX.


cURL call to the same URL on the same machine works fine:

 $ curl -I https://service.isracard.co.il/I_logon.jspHTTP/1.1 200 OKDate: Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:37:27 GMTServer: IBM_HTTP_ServerX-Powered-By: Servlet/3.0Set-Cookie: JSESSIONID=0000R90MxFKBVxBMV665syGfjnh:-1; Path=/; HttpOnlyExpires: Thu, 01 Dec 1994 16:00:00 GMTCache-Control: no-cache="set-cookie, set-cookie2"Set-Cookie: Alt50_ZLinuxPrd=94742720.30755.0000; expires=Fri, 18-Sep-2015 12:07:19 GMT; path=/Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-8Content-Language: iw-ILSet-Cookie: ServiceP=53323968.20480.0000; path=/

Best Solution

Certificate validation did not fail, so the verify argument doesn't apply here. What failed is the cipher negotiation; none of the ciphers requests is willing to use match those the server is willing to use.

If you run your curl command with the -v switch you'll see what cipher suite was negotiated by curl for the successful connection:

$ curl -v -I https://service.isracard.co.il/I_logon.jsp* Hostname was NOT found in DNS cache*   Trying* Connected to service.isracard.co.il ( port 443 (#0)* TLS 1.2 connection using TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA[ .... ]

That's the RC4-SHA cipher, which has some rather troublesome securty issues and should not really be used; it offers no forward secrecy for example. The urllib3 package (bundled with requests) by default excludes that cipher from the default ciphers. You can add it back with:

import requestsrequests.packages.urllib3.util.ssl_.DEFAULT_CIPHERS += ':RC4-SHA'try:    requests.packages.urllib3.contrib.pyopenssl.DEFAULT_SSL_CIPHER_LIST += ':RC4-SHA'except AttributeError:    # no pyopenssl support used / needed / available    pass

and your request works:

>>> import requests>>> requests.packages.urllib3.util.ssl_.DEFAULT_CIPHERS += ':RC4-SHA'>>> requests.get('https://service.isracard.co.il/I_logon.jsp')<Response [200]>

I didn't install the pyOpenSSL package so I didn't bother with the try..except guarded part.