Letsencrypt certificate reported expired starting October 1st 2021

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11

Situation

TLS or HTTPS services using letsencrypt certificates report the certificates no longer being valid or being expired even though the actual certificate is not expired.
 

Resolution

Update has been released for "openssl 1.0.2". Please update to these versions.
SLE11: openssl-certs-2.44-0.7.24.1
SLE12: ca-certificates-mozilla-2.44-12.34.1
 

Cause

Reason:
  • The lowest level trust root of letsencrypt, the "DST_Root_CA_X3", has expired on September 30th 2021.
  • An intermediate CA "ISRG Root X1" which expires 2035 should now be the final root of trust.
  • The letsencrypt setup returns both in a chain already ensuring that both are looked at and honored.
  • openssl 1.0.2 and older did not handle this situation correctly, and would report the expired status
  • This has been caused by the expiry of DST_Root_CA_X3 only.

Additional Information

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  • Document ID:000020401
  • Creation Date: 30-Sep-2021
  • Modified Date:30-Sep-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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