[erlang-questions] "Unknown CA" with ssl:connect/3 but "openssl s_client" succeeds

Luke Bakken luke@REDACTED
Tue Dec 5 00:39:06 CET 2017

Hello everyone,

I'm having a heck of a time getting ssl:connect/3 to verify the server
certificate correctly using my system CA bundle.

I'm using kerl-built Erlang 20.1.7 on Arch Linux. I also see the same
behavior using the ESL-packaged Erlang 20 on Ubuntu 16.

This is what is failing (on Ubuntu the cacertfile path is


application:ensure_all_started(ssl), ssl:connect("google.com", 443,

=INFO REPORT==== 4-Dec-2017::15:07:45 ===
TLS client: In state certify at ssl_handshake.erl:1626 generated
CLIENT ALERT: Fatal - Unknown CA

{error,{tls_alert,"unknown ca"}}


However, the following succeeds on both Arch Linux as well as Ubuntu 16:

Arch Linux command:

openssl s_client -verify 99 -connect google.com:443 -CAfile /etc/ssl/cert.pem

Ubuntu 16 command:

openssl s_client -verify 99 -connect google.com:443 -CAfile

The command returns success: "Verify return code: 0 (ok)"

If I run ssl_pkix_db:extract_trusted_certs("/etc/ssl/cert.pem") it
does return 140 decoded certificates, which is the expected number:

$ fgrep BEGIN /etc/ssl/cert.pem |wc -l

I did a little bit of digging and found that
ssl_certificate:find_issuer/4 is returning {error,issuer_not_found}.

Thanks in advance and let me know how I can help further, or if I
missed something obvious!

More information about the erlang-questions mailing list