Optimize SSL/TLS for Maximum Security and Speed

Everyone loves secure websites, as long as they are quick. Let's configure our website for maximum security and performance, at the same time.


Recently we changed our corporate website into a “HTTPS only” version. Most of the content is not secret information, still we have some sensitive areas. The ordering section and downloads, and additional our portal. While some areas were already covered with a lock, we felt it was time to make the jump to cover it all. Additionally, we believe that we doing everything we can on our website, practicing security hardening ourselves.

Disable SSLv3 in Lighttpd to protect against POODLE attack

Protecting against the POODLE attack with Lighttpd is easy by changing its configuration. Disable SSLv2 and SSLv3 to limit the attacks on the SSL protocol.


Protecting against the POODLE attack The POODLE attack has entered the news a few times now. The issue behind the POODLE attack is serious, as it abuses a weakness in the protocol, not the implementation. This means the only proper fix is abandoning the SSLv3 protocol and use the newer TLS protocols. Disable SSLv2 and SSLv3 Lighttpd commonly has its configuration settings stored in /etc/lighttpd/lighttpd.conf. Open this file and add the following two statements, to disable both protocols: