WorxWeb unable to access surveymonkey.com


I’ve had reports of issues with users attempting to access surveymonkey.com.

Following error messages are seen:


“Cannot open page The network connection was lost”

Running a traffic capture while replicating the issue revealed issue happening at server hello.
Instead of receiving a server hello we would get a “Handshake Failure”

In our case we use netscaler 10.5 with WorxWeb 10.2 utilising Secure Browse.
Secure Browse works kind of like a reverse proxy, WorxWeb connects to netscaler and in turn netcaler establishes a new SSL connection to the requested resource.

Here is an article by F5 on troubleshooting SSL handshake failures https://support.f5.com/kb/en-us/solutions/public/15000/200/sol15292.html

Due to the place the handshake failure occurred it is very likely a cipher mismatch.

Running an SSL labs test against SurveyMonkey (https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=surveymonkey.com) reveals the following

Cipher Suites (SSL 3+ suites in server-preferred order; deprecated and SSL 2 suites at the end)
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 (0xc030)   ECDH secp256r1 (eq. 3072 bits RSA)   FS	256
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 (0xc02f)   ECDH secp256r1 (eq. 3072 bits RSA)   FS	128
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384 (0xc028)   ECDH secp256r1 (eq. 3072 bits RSA)   FS	256
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA (0xc014)   ECDH secp256r1 (eq. 3072 bits RSA)   FS	256
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA (0xc012)   ECDH secp256r1 (eq. 3072 bits RSA)   FS	112
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256 (0xc027)   ECDH secp256r1 (eq. 3072 bits RSA)   FS	128
TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA (0xc013)   ECDH secp256r1 (eq. 3072 bits RSA)   FS	128

While if we look at the Client Hello sent by the netscaler we can see that none of these ciphers are offered, therefore as guessed earlier it is a cipher mismatch.

Cipher Suites (32 suites)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_MD5 (0x0004)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA (0x0005)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_RSA_EXPORT_WITH_RC4_40_MD5 (0x0003)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_RSA_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA (0x0009)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA (0x000a)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_RSA_EXPORT_WITH_DES40_CBC_SHA (0x0008)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_RSA_EXPORT1024_WITH_RC4_56_SHA (0x0064)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_RSA_EXPORT1024_WITH_RC4_56_MD5 (0x0060)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_RSA_EXPORT1024_WITH_RC2_CBC_56_MD5 (0x0061)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_RSA_EXPORT_WITH_RC2_CBC_40_MD5 (0x0006)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DHE_DSS_WITH_RC4_128_SHA (0x0066)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DHE_DSS_EXPORT1024_WITH_RC4_56_SHA (0x0065)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DHE_DSS_EXPORT1024_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA (0x0063)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA (0x002f)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA (0x0035)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA (0x0015)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA (0x0016)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DHE_RSA_EXPORT_WITH_DES40_CBC_SHA (0x0014)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA (0x0033)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA (0x0039)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DHE_DSS_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA (0x0012)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DHE_DSS_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA (0x0013)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DHE_DSS_EXPORT_WITH_DES40_CBC_SHA (0x0011)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DHE_DSS_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA (0x0032)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DHE_DSS_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA (0x0038)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DH_anon_WITH_RC4_128_MD5 (0x0018)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DH_anon_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA (0x001a)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DH_anon_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA (0x001b)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DH_anon_EXPORT_WITH_RC4_40_MD5 (0x0017)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DH_anon_EXPORT_WITH_DES40_CBC_SHA (0x0019)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DH_anon_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA (0x0034)
                Cipher Suite: TLS_DH_anon_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA (0x003a)

Looking through Citrix documentation on netscaler 10.5 the ECDHE ciphers are only supported for front end communication (in this case we use backend as netscaler is acting as a client).

However looking at documentation for netscaler 11 the ECDHE ciphers are part of the default cipher suit

Therefore it looks like the solution to this issue is to upgrade netscaler to version 11.


Netscaler 11.1 adds additional support for SSL ciphers on the back end



Upgrade to netscaler 12.0 has resolved this issue without having to change backend SSL settings

Note: you may not want to update to netscaler 12.0 at this moment if you use STA in your environment https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX223765