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The possibility to configure hostname verification is available for WSO2 products from Carbon 4.4.6 onwards. If hostname verification is disabled for your product, the hostnames (that are accessed by a particular client) will not be verified against the hostnames specified in the product's SSL certificate. If hostname verification is enabled, you will be able to configure how hostnames are filtered during the verification process. Note that this configuration changes depending on your product version. Therefore, check the Carbon version of your WSO2 product before you apply this configuration. 

See the following topics for details:


Be sure to enable hostname verification for your production environment. This is necessary to avoid security issues in production. See the full list of security recommendations for production environments.

Configuring hostname verification (Carbon 4.4.6 to Carbon 4.4.16)

If you are using a WSO2 product that is based on a Carbon version between 4.4.6 and 4.4.16,  hostname verification is disabled by default. This setting is disabled using the org.wso2.ignoreHostnameVerification property in the product startup script (wso2server.sh for Linux, or wso2server.bat for Windows) that is stored in the <PRODUCT_HOME>/bin/ directory.


Configuring hostname verification (Carbon 4.4.17 onwards)

If you are using a WSO2 product that is based on Carbon 4.4.17 or a later version, hostname verification is enabled by default, using the httpclient.hostnameVerifier property in the product's startup script (wso2server.sh for Linux and wso2server.bat for Windows). The product startup script is stored in the <PRODUCT_HOME>/bin directory. This property will be effective during server startup.


The values you can use with this property are explained below.

Note that these values will behave the same as synapse hostname verification options.

  • DefaultAndLocalhost: This means that all hostnames, except the ones listed below, will be verified against the hostnames specified in the product's SSL certificate. That is, the following hostnames will be allowed regardless of the server's certificate.

    • localhost

    • localhost.localdomain


    • ::1 

    Note that if the wildcard symbol is used to specify a hostname in the SSL certificate (such as *.foo.com), all the subdomains of *.foo.com are also included. That is, a hostname that matches a subdomain of *.foo.com will also be allowed access.

  • Strict: When this mode is enabled, hostnames will be strictly verified against the hostname specified in the product's SSL certificate. For example, if "*.foo.com" is specified as the hostname in the certificate, only the hostnames at the same level will be authorized by the server. That is, subdomains such as "a.b.foo.com" will not be authorized.

  • AllowAll: This option turns off hostname verification for the server. Note that this is not recommended in a production setup and should only be used for demonstrations and testing.

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