Google Drops SSLv3 and RC4 Support in Gmail


Google announced on Monday it was dropping official support for SSLv3 and the RC4 cipher after June 16, 2016. This announcement affects Google’s SMTP servers and Gmail’s web servers.

Users that utilize these services, like webmasters running apps on the Apps platform and those interacting with Gmail, are asked to adjust any side-services in order to avoid technical problems and downtime.

Additionally, users using older email clients and Web services sending messages via SSLv3 and RC4 will no longer be able to exchange any emails messages with Google’s infrastructure.

“SSLv3 has been obsolete for over 16 years and is so full of known problems that the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has decided that it must no longer be used,” the Google engineers explained. “RC4 is a 28-year-old cipher that has done remarkably well, but is… (read more)
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