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

Arjen de Korte build+dovecot at
Mon Aug 8 09:45:26 UTC 2022

Citeren jean-christophe manciot <actionmystique at>:

> 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

This is wrong, you should enter your private CA here. If  
'ssl_verify_client_cert' is not set to 'yes', this field should  
generally be empty / not configured.

> 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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