Ubuntu 22.04 Can't Connect to University WiFi
Update (21-Jun-2022): A fix has been released by the Ubuntu team. This should no longer be needed.
I recently updated to Pop!_OS 20.04 and was unable to connect to the wifi networks at my university. The root cause was the upgrade to OpenSSL 3 (which was long overdue). The below information demonstrates how I was able to fix the issue.
The actual error I was seeing was
unsafe legacy renegotiation disabled from wpa_supplicant and OpenSSL. The actual error log:
$ sudo journalctl -eu wpa_supplicant wpa_supplicant: wlp59s0: SME: Trying to authenticate with 6c:c4:9f:9f:bb:b1 (SSID='eduroam' freq=5700 MHz) wpa_supplicant: wlp59s0: Trying to associate with 6c:c4:9f:9f:bb:b1 (SSID='eduroam' freq=5700 MHz) wpa_supplicant: wlp59s0: Associated with 6c:c4:9f:9f:bb:b1 wpa_supplicant: wlp59s0: CTRL-EVENT-EAP-STARTED EAP authentication started wpa_supplicant: wlp59s0: CTRL-EVENT-SUBNET-STATUS-UPDATE status=0 wpa_supplicant: wlp59s0: CTRL-EVENT-EAP-PROPOSED-METHOD vendor=0 method=26 -> NAK wpa_supplicant: wlp59s0: CTRL-EVENT-EAP-PROPOSED-METHOD vendor=0 method=25 wpa_supplicant: wlp59s0: CTRL-EVENT-EAP-METHOD EAP vendor 0 method 25 (PEAP) selected wpa_supplicant: SSL: SSL3 alert: write (local SSL3 detected an error):fatal:handshake failure wpa_supplicant: OpenSSL: openssl_handshake - SSL_connect error:0A000152:SSL routines::unsafe legacy renegotiation disabled wpa_supplicant: wlp59s0: CTRL-EVENT-EAP-FAILURE EAP authentication failed wpa_supplicant: wlp59s0: CTRL-EVENT-DISCONNECTED bssid=6c:c4:9f:9f:bb:b1 reason=23 wpa_supplicant: wlp59s0: CTRL-EVENT-SSID-TEMP-DISABLED id=0 ssid="eduroam" auth_failures=1 duration=10 reason=AUTH_FAILED wpa_supplicant: BSSID 6c:c4:9f:9f:bb:b1 ignore list count incremented to 2, ignoring for 10 seconds
A few searches revealed that this had come up as people were updating to Fedora 36 as well. Unfortunately this wasn’t helpful because the OpenSSL config location and setup differs a bit between distributions. Update (28-Apr-2022): Fedora 36 lists this as a blocker for release (that linked thread goes into more detail about the origins of the problem).
At last I found a relevant message on the Ubuntu bug tracker that solved the issue. The easy way to solve this is to edit the file at
/etc/ssl/openssl.cnf to support the legacy renegotiation
Solution for Ubuntu 22.04 (or Pop!_OS 22.04):
Edit the config with
$ sudoedit /etc/ssl/openssl.cnf
Add the following after the
providers = provider_sect lines:
[openssl_init] providers = provider_sect + ssl_conf = ssl_sect + + [ssl_sect] + system_default = system_default_sect + + [system_default_sect] + Options = UnsafeLegacyRenegotiation
Then we need to restart the service so the changes take effect:
$ sudo systemctl restart wpa_supplicant.service
Ideally the organization providing the network will update their system so this isn’t necessary (the default was changed for a reason). Until then, this hack should work just fine.
If you are hesitant to change the default config, you can follow the instructions in the Ubuntu bug tracker instead which create a copy of the config only for use when connecting to wifi.