Citrix ADC

ECDSA cipher suites support

ECDSA cipher suites use elliptical curve cryptography (ECC). Because of its smaller size, it is helpful in environments where processing power, storage space, bandwidth, and power consumption are constrained.

When the ECDHE_ECDSA cipher group is used, the server’s certificate must contain an ECDSA-capable public key.

The following table lists the ECDSA ciphers that are supported on the Citrix ADC MPX and SDX appliances with N3 chips, Citrix ADC VPX appliances, MPX 5900/26000, and MPX/SDX 8900/15000 appliances.

Cipher Name Priority Description Key Exchange Algorithm Authentication Algorithm Encryption Algorithm (Key Size) Message Authentication Code (MAC) Algorithm HexCode
TLS1-ECDHE-ECDSA-AES128-SHA 1 SSLv3 ECC-DHE ECDSA AES(128) SHA1 0xc009
TLS1-ECDHE-ECDSA-AES256-SHA 2 SSLv3 ECC-DHE ECDSA AES(256) SHA1 0xc00a
TLS1.2-ECDHE-ECDSA-AES128-SHA256 3 TLSv1.2 ECC-DHE ECDSA AES(128) SHA-256 0xc023
TLS1.2-ECDHE-ECDSA-AES256-SHA384 4 TLSv1.2 ECC-DHE ECDSA AES(256) SHA-384 0xc024
TLS1.2-ECDHE-ECDSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256 5 TLSv1.2 ECC-DHE ECDSA AES-GCM(128) SHA-256 0xc02b
TLS1.2-ECDHE-ECDSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384 6 TLSv1.2 ECC-DHE ECDSA AES-GCM(256) SHA-384 0xc02c
TLS1-ECDHE-ECDSA-RC4-SHA 7 SSLv3 ECC-DHE ECDSA RC4(128) SHA1 0xc007
TLS1-ECDHE-ECDSA-DES-CBC3-SHA 8 SSLv3 ECC-DHE ECDSA 3DES(168) SHA1 0xc008
TLS1.2-ECDHE-ECDSA-CHACHA20-POLY1305 9 TLSv1.2 ECC-DHE ECDSA CHACHA20/POLY1305(256) AEAD 0xcca9

ECDSA/RSA cipher and certificate selection

You can bind both ECDSA and RSA server certificates at the same time to an SSL virtual server. When both ECDSA and RSA certificates are bound to the virtual server, it automatically selects the appropriate server certificate to present to the client. If the client cipher list includes RSA ciphers, but does not include ECDSA ciphers, the virtual server presents the RSA server certificate. If both ciphers are present in the client’s list, then the server certificate presented depends on the cipher priority set on the virtual server. That is, if RSA has a higher priority, the RSA certificate is presented. If ECDSA has a higher priority, the ECDSA certificate is presented to the client.

Client authentication by using an ECDSA or an RSA certificate

For client authentication, the CA certificate bound to the virtual server can be ECDSA or RSA signed. The appliance supports a mixed certificate chain. For example, the following certificate chain is supported.

Client certificate (ECDSA) <-> CA certificate (RSA) <-> Intermediate certificate (RSA) <-> Root certificate (RSA)

The following table shows the elliptical curves supported on the different Citrix ADC appliances with ECDSA cipher groups and ECDSA certificates:

Elliptical curves Platforms supported
prime256v1 All platforms, including FIPS.
secp384r1 All platforms, including FIPS.
secp521r1 MPX 5900, MPX/SDX 8900, MPX/SDX 15000, MPX/SDX 26000, VPX
secp224r1 MPX 5900, MPX/SDX 8900. MPX/SDX 15000, MPX/SDX 26000, VPX

Create an ECDSA certificate-key pair

You can create an ECDSA certificate-key pair directly on a Citrix ADC appliance by using the CLI or the GUI. Earlier, you were able to install and bind an ECC certificate-key pair on the appliance, but you had to use OpenSSL to create a certificate-key pair.

Only P_256 and P_384 curves are supported.

Note

This support is available on all platforms except MPX 9700/1050/12500/15500.

To create an ECDSA certificate-key pair by using the CLI:

At the command prompt, type:

create ssl ecdsaKey <keyFile> -curve ( P_256 | P_384 ) [-keyform ( DER | PEM )] [-des | -des3] {-password } [-pkcs8]
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Example:

create ecdsaKey ec_p256.ky -curve P_256 -pkcs8
Done
create ecdsaKey ec_p384.ky -curve P_384
Done
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To create an ECDSA certificate-key pair by using the GUI:

  1. Navigate to Traffic Management > SSL > SSL Files > Keys and click Create ECDSA Key.
  2. To create a key in PKCS#8 format, select PKCS8.
ECDSA cipher suites support