Error when viewing HTTPS pages with a browser using GnuTLS

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at
Wed Mar 28 04:25:49 CEST 2012

On 03/27/2012 02:15 PM, Matt Carter wrote:
> I am receiving the following error when viewing some HTTPS pages with a
> browser that implements GnuTLS (vimprobable2 on Arch Linux GNU/Linux
> distribution):
> Error reading data from TLS socket: A TLS packet with unexpected length was
> received.
> This error came up originally about 2 months ago, then left after a week or
> two in a subsequent GnuTLS update.  Recently it has re-appeared in version
> 3.0.17.

Thanks for the report.  Are these failures consistent with any
particular web servers?  If the web server in question that is causing
the error is on the public internet, could you identify it specifically?

Barring that, could you try running gnutls-cli to get more detailed
debugging output?

Do you know what priority string vimprobable2 is using with GnuTLS?


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