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LWP not working with HTTPS protocol (SOLVED)

by CountZero (Bishop)
on May 02, 2015 at 22:08 UTC ( #1125466=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

CountZero has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Brothers & Sisters in Perl,

I was writing some code to access my Flickr account, when I happened to have to access a resource over an SSL connection (https-protocol).

Much to my surprise, LWP failed to access this resource and gave me a most strange error:

Can't connect to Bad file descriptor at d:/Perl/perl/site/lib/LWP/Protocol/ line + 41.
The code I used was a very simple
my $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new; my $req = HTTP::Request->new( GET => ' +rest'); my $response = $ua->request($req);
Note that LWP makes the connection if I change 'https' by 'http'. Of course the webserver then refuses to return the requested resource as it requires an SSL connection.

Note also that the error message refers to the LWP::Protocol::http-module, rather than the LWP::Protocol::https-module, as one should expect.

Both modules are installed and up-to-date. Net::SSL is also installed and up-to-date (version 2.86).

I am running Strawberry Perl 18.2 on a Windows 8.1 machine.

Anyone any ideas how to make this work?

Update: Adding the ssl_opts and protocols_allowed parameters solved the problem. Thanks all!


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Re: LWP not working with HTTPS protocol
by LanX (Cardinal) on May 02, 2015 at 22:27 UTC
Re: LWP not working with HTTPS protocol
by hippo (Chancellor) on May 03, 2015 at 10:33 UTC

    The following complete code works fine for me:

    use strict; use warnings; use LWP::UserAgent; use HTTP::Request; my $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new; my $req = HTTP::Request->new( GET => ' +rest'); my $response = $ua->request($req); print $response->code . "\n";

    And gives the expected "200" as output. LWP::UserAgent 6.02, HTTP::Request 6.00, LWP::Protocol::https 6.02, Mozilla::CA 20110914, perl 5.14.3 on Linux. Hope this is useful.

Re: LWP not working with HTTPS protocol
by Khen1950fx (Canon) on May 03, 2015 at 04:00 UTC

    Just FYI, I've noticed that the first test of LWP::Protocol::https fails because sometimes, when it tries to connect to the Apache Software Foundation, it connects ok; sometimes, it can't make a connection. For example, I installed it on 5.8.8 with no problems. A couple of hours later, I tried it on 5.16.0, but it couldn't connect. It seems the site is up and down frequently.

    The modules are installed, so they should just work. I think that LWP needs to be told to do https, at least in this situation:
    #!/usr/bin/perl -l use strict; use warnings; use LWP::UserAgent; my $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new( ssl_opts => { verify_hostname => 0 }, protocols_allowed => ['https'], ); my $req = HTTP::Request->new( GET => '', ); my $res = $ua->request($req); print $res->code;

      Please don't disable hostname validation, at least not with any code used in production. This makes you vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks.
Re: LWP not working with HTTPS protocol
by Gangabass (Vicar) on May 03, 2015 at 04:10 UTC
    LWP uses IO::Socket::SSL since version 6.0 as the backend SSL library. So you need to update this module.
      The problem still occurs with the latest IO::Socket::SSL (2.016) on Windows 8.1.
      C:\Users\Jason\Development>cpan install IO::Socket::SSL CPAN: Term::ANSIColor loaded ok (v4.03) CPAN: Storable loaded ok (v2.51) Reading 'C:\Perl64\cpan\Metadata' Database was generated on Tue, 21 Jul 2015 05:41:02 GMT CPAN: Module::CoreList loaded ok (v5.20150720) IO::Socket::SSL is up to date (2.016).

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