how to setup dovecot to accept client certificates signed with a private CA when the server certificate is signed by a public CA

jean-christophe manciot actionmystique at
Mon Aug 8 09:22:14 UTC 2022

Hi everyone,

I'm trying to setup dovecot to accept only client certificates created
with a private CA:
auth_ssl_require_client_cert = yes
ssl_verify_client_cert = yes
ssl_ca = </etc/ssl/CA_Certificate_CRL_bundle.pem

At the same time, dovecot is setup with an SSL certificate created by
a public CA (let's encrypt):
ssl = required
ssl_cert = </etc/ssl/fullchain.pem
ssl_key = </etc/ssl/key.pem

When I try to connect to the server with a client (evolution), I get a
connection error:
"Client did not present valid SSL certificate" except that it is valid.

As you probably already know, let's encrypt does not create client certificates.
It seems that using a different CA for client certificates and for the
server certificate is unsupported.

Am I missing something?

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