Section: OpenSSL (3)
SSL_CTX_set_mode, SSL_CTX_clear_mode, SSL_set_mode, SSL_clear_mode, SSL_CTX_get_mode, SSL_get_mode - manipulate SSL engine mode
long SSL_CTX_set_mode(SSL_CTX *ctx, long mode);
long SSL_CTX_clear_mode(SSL_CTX *ctx, long mode);
long SSL_set_mode(SSL *ssl, long mode);
long SSL_clear_mode(SSL *ssl, long mode);
long SSL_CTX_get_mode(SSL_CTX *ctx);
long SSL_get_mode(SSL *ssl);
adds the mode set via bitmask in mode
Options already set before are not cleared.
removes the mode set via bitmask in mode
SSL_set_mode() adds the mode set via bitmask in mode to ssl.
Options already set before are not cleared.
SSL_clear_mode() removes the mode set via bitmask in mode from ssl.
SSL_CTX_get_mode() returns the mode set for ctx.
SSL_get_mode() returns the mode set for ssl.
The following mode changes are available:
Allow SSL_write_ex(..., n, &r) to return with 0 < r < n (i.e. report success
when just a single record has been written). This works in a similar way for
SSL_write(). When not set (the default), SSL_write_ex() or SSL_write() will only
report success once the complete chunk was written. Once SSL_write_ex() or
SSL_write() returns successful, r bytes have been written and the next call
to SSL_write_ex() or SSL_write() must only send the n-r bytes left, imitating
the behaviour of write().
Make it possible to retry SSL_write_ex() or SSL_write() with changed buffer
location (the buffer contents must stay the same). This is not the default to
avoid the misconception that non-blocking SSL_write() behaves like
During normal operations, non-application data records might need to be sent or
received that the application is not aware of.
If a non-application data record was processed,
SSL_read_ex(3) and SSL_read(3) can return with a failure and indicate the
need to retry with SSL_ERROR_WANT_READ.
If such a non-application data record was processed, the flag
SSL_MODE_AUTO_RETRY causes it to try to process the next record instead of
In a non-blocking environment applications must be prepared to handle
incomplete read/write operations.
Setting SSL_MODE_AUTO_RETRY for a non-blocking BIO will process
non-application data records until either no more data is available or
an application data record has been processed.
In a blocking environment, applications are not always prepared to
deal with the functions returning intermediate reports such as retry
requests, and setting the SSL_MODE_AUTO_RETRY flag will cause the functions
to only return after successfully processing an application data record or a
Turning off SSL_MODE_AUTO_RETRY can be useful with blocking BIOs in case
they are used in combination with something like select() or poll().
Otherwise the call to SSL_read() or SSL_read_ex() might hang when a
non-application record was sent and no application data was sent.
When we no longer need a read buffer or a write buffer for a given SSL,
then release the memory we were using to hold it.
Using this flag can
save around 34k per idle SSL connection.
This flag has no effect on SSL v2 connections, or on DTLS connections.
Send TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV in the ClientHello.
To be set only by applications that reconnect with a downgraded protocol
version; see draft-ietf-tls-downgrade-scsv-00 for details.
DO NOT ENABLE THIS if your application attempts a normal handshake.
Only use this in explicit fallback retries, following the guidance
Enable asynchronous processing. TLS I/O operations may indicate a retry with
SSL_ERROR_WANT_ASYNC with this mode set if an asynchronous capable engine is
used to perform cryptographic operations. See SSL_get_error(3).
Older versions of OpenSSL had a bug in the computation of the label length
used for computing the endpoint-pair shared secret. The bug was that the
terminating zero was included in the length of the label. Setting this option
enables this behaviour to allow interoperability with such broken
implementations. Please note that setting this option breaks interoperability
with correct implementations. This option only applies to DTLS over SCTP.
All modes are off by default except for SSL_MODE_AUTO_RETRY which is on by
default since 1.1.1.
return the new mode bitmask
after adding mode
SSL_CTX_get_mode() and SSL_get_mode() return the current bitmask.
was added in OpenSSL 1.1.0.
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