First of all, many thanks to the wonderful Let’s Encrypt community for all the help with this, credit where credit is due: https://community.letsencrypt.org/t/rhel-centos-6-openssl-client-compatibility-after-dst-root-ca-x3-expiration/161032
That is a lengthy thread, and after a lot of trial and error and considerable head scratching I wanted to share the fix that worked for us, from start to finish. Hopefully it’ll save you some time so you can get back to your wgets and API calls.
Here are the steps that worked for us:
Go ahead and yum update everything:
yum -y update
If yum says it can’t find any repositories, then fix it using these instructions https://www.getpagespeed.com/server-setup/how-to-fix-yum-after-centos-6-went-eol
Install needed software:
yum install krb5-devel zlib-devel lksctp-tools-devel util-linux make gcc rpm-build
Build yourself an OpenSSL RPM based on the CentOS 7 version. We have to “fix” an issue with the secure_getenv function. This does not exist on CentOS 6 and RHEL did not see fit to handle this gracefully as this version was never meant to run on 6.
curl -o openssl-1.0.2k-21.el7_9.src.rpm https://vault.centos.org/7.9.2009/updates/Source/SPackages/openssl-1.0.2k-21.el7_9.src.rpm rpm -i openssl-1.0.2k-21.el7_9.src.rpm cd ~/rpmbuild/SOURCES/ sed -i 's/secure_getenv(/getenv(/g' *patch cd ../SPECS/ sed -i 's/%patch68 -p1 -b .secure-getenv/#%patch68 -p1 -b .secure-getenv/g' openssl.spec rpmbuild -bb openssl.spec cd ../RPMS/x86_64
The last command:
rpm -U openssl-libs-1.0.2k-21.el6.x86_64.rpm openssl-1.0.2k-21.el6.x86_64.rpm
Gives an error:
error: Failed dependencies:
openssl = 1.0.1e-58.el6_10 is needed by (installed) openssl-devel-1.0.1e-58.el6_10.x86_64
So you try to remove it
rpm -e openssl-devel-1.0.1e-58.el6_10.x86_64
But that also gives an error:
error: Failed dependencies: openssl-devel is needed by (installed) net-snmp-devel-1:5.5-60.el6_10.2.x86_64
Luckily that package is not in use anyway, so:
yum erase net-snmp-devel rpm -e openssl-devel-1.0.1e-58.el6_10.x86_64 rpm -U openssl-libs-1.0.2k-21.el6.x86_64.rpm openssl-1.0.2k-21.el6.x86_64.rpm
You may have more difficulties here if you have more packages that depend on openssl-devel. Once that’s resolved, you should have an updated version of OpenSSL:
openssl version OpenSSL 1.0.2k-fips 26 Jan 2017
But still, errors:
wget https://letsencrypt.org --2021-10-04 16:43:14-- https://letsencrypt.org/ Resolving letsencrypt.org... 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, 2604:a880:2:d0::2082:a001, ... Connecting to letsencrypt.org|220.127.116.11|:443... connected. ERROR: cannot verify letsencrypt.org's certificate, issued by `/C=US/O=Let\'s Encrypt/CN=R3': Issued certificate has expired. To connect to letsencrypt.org insecurely, use `--no-check-certificate'.
Remove the X3 root certificate from the trust:
cd /etc/pki grep -rl " X3" .
Find and remove the certificate from these files:
I simply used vim and searched for ” X3″ (including the space, without the quotes)
Repeat for other files listed above until there are no more references to X3.
Try wget again:
wget https://letsencrypt.org --2021-10-04 16:53:35-- https://letsencrypt.org/ Resolving letsencrypt.org... 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124, 2600:1f1c:471:9d00:1478:99ac:4b21:1cba, ... Connecting to letsencrypt.org|126.96.36.199|:443... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK Length: 32087 (31K) [text/html] Saving to: `index.html'
Finally, verify that the X1 certificate is in those same four files:
grep -rl "ISRG Root X1" /etc/pki
It should be. If it is not:
wget https://letsencrypt.org/certs/isrgrootx1.pem -O isrgrootx1.pem --no-check-certificate wget https://letsencrypt.org/certs/isrg-root-x1-cross-signed.pem -O isrg-root-x1-cross-signed.pem --no-check-certificate
And (hopefully) you are done!