Bug ID 891565: The Subject Alternative Name (SAN) field in Certificates and Certificate Signing Requests is limited to 4095 bytes

Last Modified: Nov 07, 2022

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Affected Product:  See more info
BIG-IP LTM(all modules)

Known Affected Versions:
12.1.0, 12.1.0 HF1, 12.1.0 HF2, 12.1.1, 12.1.1 HF1, 12.1.1 HF2, 12.1.2, 12.1.2 HF1, 12.1.2 HF2, 12.1.3, 12.1.3.1, 12.1.3.2, 12.1.3.3, 12.1.3.4, 12.1.3.5, 12.1.3.6, 12.1.3.7, 12.1.4, 12.1.4.1, 12.1.5, 12.1.5.1, 12.1.5.2, 12.1.5.3, 12.1.6, 13.0.0, 13.0.0 HF1, 13.0.0 HF2, 13.0.0 HF3, 13.0.1, 13.1.0, 13.1.0.1, 13.1.0.2, 13.1.0.3, 13.1.0.4, 13.1.0.5, 13.1.0.6, 13.1.0.7, 13.1.0.8, 13.1.1, 13.1.1.2, 13.1.1.3, 13.1.1.4, 13.1.1.5, 13.1.3, 13.1.3.1, 13.1.3.2, 13.1.3.3, 13.1.3.4, 13.1.3.5, 13.1.3.6, 13.1.4, 13.1.4.1, 13.1.5, 13.1.5.1, 14.0.0, 14.0.0.1, 14.0.0.2, 14.0.0.3, 14.0.0.4, 14.0.0.5, 14.0.1, 14.0.1.1, 14.1.0, 14.1.0.1, 14.1.0.2, 14.1.0.3, 14.1.0.5, 14.1.0.6, 14.1.2, 14.1.2.1, 14.1.2.2, 14.1.2.3, 14.1.2.4, 14.1.2.5, 14.1.2.6, 14.1.2.7, 14.1.2.8, 14.1.3, 14.1.3.1, 14.1.4, 14.1.4.1, 14.1.4.2, 14.1.4.3, 14.1.4.4, 14.1.4.5, 14.1.4.6, 14.1.5, 14.1.5.1, 14.1.5.2, 15.0.0, 15.0.1, 15.0.1.1, 15.0.1.2, 15.0.1.3, 15.0.1.4, 15.1.0, 15.1.0.1, 15.1.0.2, 15.1.0.3, 15.1.0.4, 15.1.0.5, 15.1.1, 15.1.2, 15.1.2.1, 15.1.3, 15.1.3.1, 15.1.4, 15.1.4.1, 15.1.5, 15.1.5.1, 15.1.6, 15.1.6.1, 15.1.7, 15.1.8, 16.0.0, 16.0.0.1, 16.0.1, 16.0.1.1, 16.0.1.2, 16.1.0, 16.1.1, 16.1.2, 16.1.2.1, 16.1.2.2, 16.1.3, 16.1.3.1, 16.1.3.2, 17.0.0, 17.0.0.1

Opened: Mar 20, 2020
Severity: 3-Major

Symptoms

When creating a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) or when creating or using a Certificate (CRT), there is a limit of 4096 bytes in the Subject Alternative Names (SAN) field. Since one byte is reserved, the value entered into that field cannot exceed 4095 bytes. Note that if the SAN list is so long that it causes the entire SSL handshake (ie, all handshake messages combined) to exceed 32K, then the handshake will be aborted with the code "hs msg overflow" - see K40902150 for further details.

Impact

Very long SAN values cannot be used

Conditions

- Generation of a Certificate Signing Request with a large SAN list. (or) - Use of a client-ssl profile with a virtual server, where an associated certificate contains a large SAN field

Workaround

- Create multiple certificates, where each certificate has a sufficiently short SAN list, then create client-ssl profiles for each cert+key, then assign all of those profiles to the same virtual server. - Reduce the length of the Subject Alternative Name field, if possible by collapsing multiple entries into one by using wildcards, for example '*.example.com', rather than 'one.example.com;two.example.com'

Fix Information

None

Behavior Change