Jim Neath

Manchester based Ruby on Rails & Facebook App Developer

Ruby SSL Certificate Verify Failed

If you’re using Ruby to open connections to an external server over https, eg. the Facebook Graph API, you may run into the following error:

OpenSSL::SSL::SSLError: SSL_connect returned=1 errno=0 state=SSLv3 read server certificate B: certificate verify failed

This error is due to Ruby not being able to find the certification authority certificates (CA Certs) used to verify the authenticity of secured web servers. The solution is to download the this ca-bundle.crt into your application’s lib/ directory:

Then add the following code to config/initializers/fix_ssl.rb:

require 'open-uri'
require 'net/https'

module Net
  class HTTP
    alias_method :original_use_ssl=, :use_ssl=
    def use_ssl=(flag)
      self.ca_file = Rails.root.join('lib/ca-bundle.crt')
      self.verify_mode = OpenSSL::SSL::VERIFY_PEER
      self.original_use_ssl = flag

This should force ruby to use the CA bundle from your application’s lib/ directory.

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Jim Neath is a Freelance Ruby on Rails & Facebook app developer from Manchester, UK, currently working for Engine Yard.