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Problem this snippet solves:

The following LTM iRule code snippet helps to lookup incoming connections for using server name indication (aka SNI).

A TLS extension may contain an information about the server name the client wants to talk to.

Based on the information the server may pick a matching SSL certificate or a proxy may create one in real-time.


The code below uses the SSL::extensions function to lookup the SSL client hello message for the SNI extension.

The information is stored in the variable sni_name and its value will be logged conditionally by using the ternary operator.

(The ternary operator is a shortcut to simple if-then-else constructs.)

How to use this snippet:

Create a virtual server in standard mode and assign a client-ssl profile to make sure the SSL connection is terminated on your BIG-IP.

Use the iRule below as a resource of your virtual server to determine the usage of SNI in the client hello message during the SSL handshake.


You may test your results by using the openssl s_client utility, i.e.:

$ openssl s_client -connect <virtual-ip>:<port> -servername <hostname.domain>


Lookup the /var/log/ltm file for related log messages by using (and stop it with CTRL-C😞

$ tail -f /var/log/ltm



Code :

when CLIENTSSL_HANDSHAKE {
   if { [SSL::extensions exists -type 0] } {
       # optionally lookup all SNI headers (typically not required)
       binary scan [SSL::extensions -type 0] {SSScSA*} ext_type ext_len sni_list_len sni_name_type sni_name_len sni_name
       log local0. "sni info: ${ext_type} ${ext_len} ${sni_list_len} [expr { ${sni_name_type} & 0xff }] ${sni_name_len} ${sni_name}"
       
       # skip the SNI headers instead to save memory
       binary scan [SSL::extensions -type 0] {@9A*} sni_name
       log local0. "sni name: ${sni_name}"
    }
    # use the ternary operator to return the servername conditionally
    log local0. "sni name: [expr {[info exists sni_name] ? ${sni_name} : {not found} }]"
}

Tested this on version:

12.1
Version history
Last update:
‎24-Jun-2019 07:38
Updated by:
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