CFNetwork SSLHandshake failed iOS 9
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has anyone with the iOS 9 beta 1 had this issue?

I use standard NSURLConnection to connect to a webservice and as soon as a call is made to the webservice i get the below error. This is currently working in iOS 8.3

Possible beta bug? any ideas or thoughts would be great ! I know its very early in iOS 9 development

Here is the full error:

CFNetwork SSLHandshake failed (-9824) NSURLSession/NSURLConnection HTTP load failed (kCFStreamErrorDomainSSL, -9824)

 NSURLRequest * urlRequest = [NSURLRequest requestWithURL:[NSURL URLWithString:@"https://mywebserviceurl"]];
        NSURLResponse * response = nil;
        NSError * error = nil;
        NSData * data = [NSURLConnection sendSynchronousRequest:urlRequest


The following combination of the above advice works.

Let's say you are trying to connect to a host (YOUR_HOST.COM) that only has TLS 1.0.

Add these to your app's Info.plist


For more info Configuring App Transport Security Exceptions in iOS 9 and OSX 10.11

Curiously, you’ll notice that the connection attempts to change the http protocol to https to protect against mistakes in your code where you may have accidentally misconfigured the URL. In some cases, this might actually work, but it’s also confusing.

This Shipping an App With App Transport Security covers some good debugging tips

ATS Failure

Most ATS failures will present as CFErrors with a code in the -9800 series. These are defined in the Security/SecureTransport.h header

2015-08-23 06:34:42.700 SelfSignedServerATSTest[3792:683731] NSURLSession/NSURLConnection HTTP load failed (kCFStreamErrorDomainSSL, -9813)


Set the environment variable CFNETWORK_DIAGNOSTICS to 1 in order to get more information on the console about the failure


The tool will run through several different combinations of ATS exceptions, trying a secure connection to the given host under each ATS configuration and reporting the result.

nscurl --ats-diagnostics

If your backend uses a secure connection ant you get using NSURLSession

CFNetwork SSLHandshake failed (-9801)
NSURLSession/NSURLConnection HTTP load failed (kCFStreamErrorDomainSSL, -9801)

you need to check your server configuration especially to get ATS version and SSL certificate Info:

Instead of just Allowing Insecure Connection by setting NSExceptionAllowsInsecureHTTPLoads = YES , instead you need to Allow Lowered Security in case your server do not meet the min requirement (v1.2) for ATS (or better to fix server side).

Allowing Lowered Security to a Single Server


use openssl client to investigate certificate and get your server configuration using openssl client :

openssl s_client  -connect //(you may need to specify port or  to try with https://... or www.)

..find at the end

    Protocol  : TLSv1
    Cipher    : AES256-SHA
    Session-ID: //
    Master-Key: //
    Key-Arg   : None
    Start Time: 1449693038
    Timeout   : 300 (sec)
    Verify return code: 0 (ok)

App Transport Security (ATS) require Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol version 1.2.

Requirements for Connecting Using ATS:

The requirements for a web service connection to use App Transport Security (ATS) involve the server, connection ciphers, and certificates, as follows:

Certificates must be signed with one of the following types of keys:

  • Secure Hash Algorithm 2 (SHA-2) key with a digest length of at least 256 (that is, SHA-256 or greater)
  • Elliptic-Curve Cryptography (ECC) key with a size of at least 256 bits

  • Rivest-Shamir-Adleman (RSA) key with a length of at least 2048 bits An invalid certificate results in a hard failure and no connection.

The following connection ciphers support forward secrecy (FS) and work with ATS:


Update: it turns out that openssl only provide the minimal protocol version Protocol : TLSv1 links

info.plist as below or just copy & past that work for me up to iOS 9.2

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">


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