Confluence Collaborative Editing does not work with SSL and Apache 2.4.9 or earlier

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Problem

Confluence 6.x is configured with Apache 2.4 using SSL and Websockets as described in this guide: Securing your Atlassian applications with Apache using SSL

However, when trying to use collaborative editing, you get an error in the browser and the editor does not load. 

Diagnosis

Environment

  • Confluence 6 or higher
  • Apache 2.4.9 or earlier (Not Apache 2.2, as it does not support Websockets at all)
    • If you are on Apache 2.2, please upgrade to the latest version of 2.4 and check if the issue persists
  • SSL configured in Apache and/or Tomcat level
  • The appropriate modules are loaded, specifically mod_proxy_wstunnel.so

Diagnostic Steps

Cause

The following bug breaks the SSL handshake because it sends plain-text requests to the Websockets URL, as opposed to SSL requests:  Plain-text request is sent to WSS URL (which should be over SSL) in mod_proxy_wstunnel

Workaround

Workarounds are ways to temporally circumvent a problem, although it still exists in the application.

Resolution

Upgrade to Apache 2.4.10 or higher. For some operating systems there is a fix available that has been tested using Apache version 2.4.6-45.

Description

Confluence 6+ is configured with Apache 2.4 using SSL and Websockets as described in this guide: FIZME Securing your Atlassian applications with Apache using SSL

However, when trying to use collaborative editing, you get an error in the browser and the editor does not load. 

Product Confluence
Platform Server
Last modified on Oct 10, 2018

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