SSL Bindings are randomly getting deleted for a website with error "SSL Certificate Settings deleted for Port : X.X.X.X:443" in the event logs (IIS 7.0/7.5)

SSL Bindings are randomly getting deleted for a website with error "SSL Certificate Settings deleted for Port : X.X.X.X:443" in the event logs (IIS 7.0/7.5)

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Symptoms

Are you getting into a scenario wherein randomly your Website loses or changes the SSL certificate bindings from within the IIS manager? And you realize it only when users complain that they are unable to reach the HTTPS site, or that they get a certificate warning. They are able to access the website over HTTP but not over HTTPS because the certificate binding is lost for the website, or they may be prompted that the certificate is expired, or the site name is incorrect. At this point of time you also notice that System Event log entry shows the following:

Log Name:      System
Source:        Microsoft-Windows-HttpEvent
Date:          3/31/2010 2:43:28 PM
Event ID:      15300
Task Category: None
Level:         Warning
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      myMachine
Description:
SSL Certificate Settings deleted for Port : 0.0.0.0:443 .

If you go to the IIS manager and check the bindings for the Website in question you will see either the certificate binding is lost or some other certificate is listed.

You can also crosscheck the registry entry below for your IP/Port binding associated with your website and you may find it deleted.

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\SERVICES\HTTP\Parameters\SslBindingInfo\X.X.X.X:443

Here is how it looks if you have the proper binding set at the http.sys level in the Registry.

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Note:  Should the certificate be changed, the binding will look the same.

Assessment

If you are experiencing the above problem it could be related to the following <customMetadata> tag in your ApplicationHost.config.

<key path="LM/W3SVC/X">

<property id="5506" dataType="Binary" userType="1" attributes="None" value="oXiHOzFAMOF0YxIuI7soWvDFEzg=" />

</key>

The above property is used to store a SSL certificate hash. It is specifically the ID 5506 entry you need to check for. That ID is the legacy property for certificate hash. Whenever any application/service which depends upon the ABO mapper runs/starts, it tries to initialize the ABO tree structure which includes generating custom nodes and properties. During this process it reads from this custom metadata section and tries to map the properties in the ABO tree structure. During mapping it deletes the current SSL mapping(s) at the http.sys level and recreates a new one using the above hash value. If this value is invalid for some reason it fails to add the new entry for SSL binding at the http.sys level. So in such a case the above registry key does not have an entry for the website’s IP:Port combination corresponding to the SSL setting in the UI like below:

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Call stack output

If you use the Debugging Tools for Windows and the Microsoft symbol server to attach to the process Inetinfo.exe, you will notice a call stack that resembles the following below:

abocomp!UpdateSSLProperty
abocomp!SITE_CUSTOM_PROVIDER::MapSetData+0x371
abocomp!ABO_NODE::MapSetData+0xd9
abocomp!ABO_NODE::SetData+0xbd
abocomp!ABO_TREE::SetCustomProperty+0x34a
abocomp!ABO_TREE::GenerateCustomNodesAndProperties+0x1ad
abocomp!ABO_TREE::GenerateTree+0x28d
abocomp!ABO_WRAPPER::InitializeTreeAndState+0xad
abocomp!ABO_WRAPPER::GetCurrentAboTree+0xc7
abocomp!ABO_WRAPPER::OpenKey+0x154
COADMIN!CADMCOMW::OpenKeyHelper+0x172
COADMIN!CADMCOMW::OpenKey+0x53
RPCRT4!Invoke+0x65
RPCRT4!NdrStubCall2+0x348
RPCRT4!CStdStubBuffer_Invoke+0x9a
ole32!SyncStubInvoke+0x5d
ole32!StubInvoke+0xdf
ole32!CCtxComChnl::ContextInvoke+0x19f
ole32!AppInvoke+0xc2
ole32!ComInvokeWithLockAndIPID+0x407
ole32!ThreadInvoke+0x1f0
RPCRT4!DispatchToStubInCNoAvrf+0x14
RPCRT4!RPC_INTERFACE::DispatchToStubWorker+0x100
RPCRT4!RPC_INTERFACE::DispatchToStub+0x62
RPCRT4!RPC_INTERFACE::DispatchToStubWithObject+0x5b
RPCRT4!LRPC_SCALL::DispatchRequest+0x436
RPCRT4!LRPC_SCALL::HandleRequest+0x200
RPCRT4!LRPC_ADDRESS::ProcessIO+0x44a
RPCRT4!LOADABLE_TRANSPORT::ProcessIOEvents+0x24a
RPCRT4!ProcessIOEventsWrapper+0x9
RPCRT4!BaseCachedThreadRoutine+0x94
RPCRT4!ThreadStartRoutine+0x24
kernel32!BaseThreadInitThunk+0xd
ntdll!RtlUserThreadStart+0x1d

We break into the function which calls into the HTTP.sys at the kernel mode to delete the SslBindingInfo Registry key.

Steps to reproduce

We can reproduce this issue at will by adding the following under <CustomMetadata> section of your applicationhost.config file

<key path="LM/W3SVC/X">

<property id="5506" dataType="Binary" userType="1" attributes="None" value="oXiHOzFAMOF0YxIuI7soWvDFEzg=" />

</key>

and then launching any application which requires ABO Mapper, for e.g. launching Inetmgr6.exe or enumerating using ADSUTIL VBscript.

Resolution

This property is a legacy feature from IIS 6 days and ported onto IIS 7+. If we have correctly added the certificate in the IIS manager this specific property with id 5506 is not needed. Search for the above entry in your ApplicationHost.config file and remove the property in case you are seeing the above issue.

PS: I have got the above issue/resolution recently documented as a fast-publish KB article 2025598.

till next time

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  • Awesome! :) I didn't know this one. This will help me indeed.

  • I was plagued by this same issue, and it seems your fix has got us back to stable where SSL certificates are still selected for sites after an IISRESET. Thanks for posting

  • we have this problem and our ApplicationHost.config file does not have the 5506 entry

  • I am in the same position as Gregski...no 5506 entry.

  • Hello, I don´t have the Id=5506 entry in the ApplicationHost.config, and I still have the problem.

    Any help.

    Thanks.

  • We dont see this property ID at our environment, but the issue does happen.

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