Cipher suites

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By default, the Zimbra mailbox server, zmmailboxd, supports both strong and weak SSL/TLS cipher suites for IMAPS, POP3S, and HTTPS. A typical security requirement is to disable weak ciphers which usually includes SSL versions prior to SSLv3 and any cipher not supporting at least 128 bit.

Enable Strong Ciphers

To enable strong ciphers, weak ciphers must be disabled. It is often best to run a SSL/TLS cipher scan first to see which ciphers your server currently supports. Once the supported weak ciphers are determined, they can be disabled one by one system wide using the zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites global directory attribute.

As of today it is recommended to test HTTPS/SSL against multiple checks:

SSL Labs (Qualsys)



To disable weak ciphers use the zmprov command. Be sure to prefix the attribute name with "+" when using mcf to keep existing values.

su - zimbra
zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites <cipher1>
zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites <cipher2>
zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites <cipher...>
zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites <cipherN>
zmmailboxdctl restart

This is the current listing as of ZCS 8.0.7 according to SSL Verification test by Qualsys SSL Test

 su - zimbra
 zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites SSL_DHE_DSS_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA
 zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites SSL_DHE_RSA_EXPORT_WITH_DES40_CBC_SHA
 zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites SSL_DHE_RSA_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA
 zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites SSL_RSA_EXPORT_WITH_DES40_CBC_SHA
 zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites SSL_RSA_EXPORT_WITH_RC4_40_MD5
 zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites SSL_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA
 zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites SSL_RSA_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA
 zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites TLS_DHE_RSA_EXPORT_WITH_DES40_CBC_SHA
 zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites TLS_RSA_EXPORT_WITH_DES40_CBC_SHA
 zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites TLS_RSA_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA
 zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA
 zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256
 zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA
 zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA
 zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA256
 zmprov mcf +zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA
 zmmailboxdctl restart

We're working on Jetty Configuration to get at least an A- Rating at SSL Labs (Qualsys).


Prior to ZCS 5.0.10, the zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites attribute values are not picked up by the Jetty configuration for HTTPS. To fix, replace all occurrences of zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites with zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuitesXML in /opt/zimbra/jetty/etc/

cd /opt/zimbra/jetty/etc
sed 's/%%zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuites%%/%%zimbraSSLExcludeCipherSuitesXML%%/g' > /tmp/
cp /tmp/
mv /tmp/
zmmailboxdctl restart

Please see bug 30691 for more details.


J2SE cipher list

OpenSSL ciphers list

Verified Against: Zimbra Collaboration Suite 5.0.9 Date Created: 10/1/2008
Article ID: Date Modified: 2014-04-23

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