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SoftLayer APIs won't work anymore with the outdated TLS 1.0

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August 7, 2017

IBM has warned the IT community today about its Bluemix cloud. After August 8, the SoftLayer APIs will no longer accept encrypted connections with the now outdated TLS 1.0 protocol.

Most observers in the IT industry aren't exactly surprised that the 1990s-era protocol was still accepted-- a great many services are still midway through their various deprecation plans.

To give just one example, Salesforce.com began its phase-out of TLS 1.0 in production instances on July 22, 2017.

And the PCI Council, which had originally wanted TLS 1.0 gone in mid-2016, had to extend its deprecation date to June 30, 2018 and it's still blogging early warnings for members, in case they're still failing to catch up.

In the Bluemix email, IBM notes-- “There should be no impact to customers using a modern web client. This notification is intended to be informative only.

The two services affected by the deprecation in question are api.softlayer.com and api.service.softlayer.com. So there's definetely another community that's got to pay attention, namely developers who wrote to the APIs and used TLS 1.0 to secure their API access.

To be sure, TLS 1.0 has long been known as insecure, as far back as 2011 when it was affected by the BEAST exploit.

Source: IBM.

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