Microsoft Security Advisory 3109853

Update to Improve TLS Session Resumption Interoperability

Published: January 12, 2016

Version: 1.0

Microsoft is announcing the availability of an update to improve interoperability between Schannel-based TLS clients and 3rd-party TLS servers that enable RFC5077-based resumption and that send the NewSessionTicket message in the abbreviated TLS handshake. The update addresses an issue in schannel.dll that could cause RFC5077 session ticket-based resumption to fail and subsequently cause WinInet-based clients (for example, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge) to perform a fallback to a lower TLS protocol version than the one that would have been negotiated otherwise. This improvement is part of ongoing efforts to bolster the effectiveness of encryption in Windows.

For additional details and deployment guidance, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3109853.

Operating System

Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems

Windows 8 for x64-based Systems

Windows 8.1 for 32-bit Systems

Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows RT

Windows RT 8.1

Windows 10 for 32-bit Systems

Windows 10 for x64-based Systems

Windows 10 Version 1511 for 32-bit Systems

Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems

Server Core installation option

Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)

Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server Core installation)


What is the scope of the advisory? 
To announce the availability of an update to improve interoperability between Schannel-based TLS clients and 3rd-party TLS servers that enable RFC5077-based resumption and that send the NewSessionTicket message in the abbreviated TLS handshake.

Is this a security issue? 
No. This is a compliance issue regarding Schannel's implementation of RFC 5077 and is causing interoperability issues.

What does the update do? 
The update addresses an issue in schannel.dll that could cause RFC5077 session ticket-based resumption to fail and subsequently cause WinInet-based clients (for example, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge) to perform a fallback to a lower TLS protocol version than the one that would have been negotiated otherwise.

Microsoft recognizes the efforts of those in the security community who help us protect customers through coordinated vulnerability disclosure. See Acknowledgments for more information.

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Revisions

  • V1.0 (January 12, 2016): Advisory published.
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