Apache: How to Disable the SSL v3 Protocol on Debian

To prevent POODLE (“Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption”) attach which is a man-in-the-middle exploit that takes advantage of SSL3.0 vulnerability it is necessary to disable SSLv3 in your web server configuration.

To check if you are vulnerable to this attack you can use the form on following website:


Please open following file in your favorite editor and edit it:


change the line:

SSLProtocol all -SSLv2


SSLProtocol all -SSLv2 -SSLv3

then restart your Apache with:

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart


apachectl -k restart

Then use the site to check again if you have configured everything correctly.

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