Weird ssl_error_rx_record_too_long error after upgrading from Ubuntu 13.04 to Ubuntu 13.10

I upgrade one of our servers from Ubuntu 13.04 to Ubuntu 13.10 and immediately one of the apache sites went wrong. It is was an odd problem because the Apache configuration had not changed and there was nothing unusual about it. I was getting and SSL error like so:

ssl_error_rx_record_too_long error

It turns out that all I needed to do was rename the configuration file (adding .conf). I.e.

/etc/apache2/sites-available/old_name

to

/etc/apache2/sites-available/old_name.conf

How strange!

5 thoughts on “Weird ssl_error_rx_record_too_long error after upgrading from Ubuntu 13.04 to Ubuntu 13.10

  1. Thank you for your post. I ran into the same issue after upgrading from Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04.
    These were the steps I used:

    – Rename relevant apache site files in /etc/apache2/sites-available/) so they end in .conf
    – Remove the symlink for the affected sites in /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/
    – Run “a2ensite ”
    – Run “service apache2 reload”

    Worked immediately after this.
    Quite strange as I couldn’t find any mention of this being an issue in the logs.

    Thanks again.

  2. Thank you very much for your post… I got the same problem also after upgrading from Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04 – saved my ass 😛

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