TLS Issues With Google Talk

November 17, 2008

It appears as though something broke with Google Talk’s servers recently. Reports are coming in of sudden TLS negotiation failures. Fabio claims that older versions of OpenSSL are at fault, but Ralph suspects that something changed at Google.

Specifically this means Twisted Python and Wokkel code won’t work with Google Talk (hosted or otherwise). I’m sure other clients are affected as well, but I haven’t seen many other reports of this. There are work arounds, but they are not very good ones, and certainly will not be accepted solutions upstream. The main one is to switch to SSL v2 or v3, although Fabio reports that using the latest releases of OpenSSL instead of the distribution supplied ones also appears to work.

Both Ralph and I have been attempting to reach our contacts on the Google Talk team. Please leave a comment if you have any more information.


TLS Issues With Google Talk - November 17, 2008 - Jack Moffitt