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Deprecating TLS v1.0 and v1.1

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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When your app, custom integration, or bot communicates with Slack via HTTP, it uses TLS (Transport Layer Security) to ensure data privacy and integrity.

There are multiple major versions of TLS, including v1.0, 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3. Versions 1.0 and 1.1 are deprecated and should no longer be used.

On February 19, 2020, we'll require all communications with Slack to use TLS version 1.2 or greater. Using TLS version 1.2 or greater makes Slack safer for everyone.

What's changing

On February 19, 2020, we'll require all apps, custom integrations, bots, and users communicating with Slack to use TLS version 1.2 or greater.

How do I prepare?

Preparing for a new TLS version involves two steps. First, check which version of TLS your app uses. Second, if you're not already using TLS 1.2 or greater, update your TLS version.

Good news: ​​if your app is built using modern versions of your programming language, HTTP libraries, and frameworks, you likely don’t need to make any changes.

Check this list of affected apps to see if your app needs any changes.

You can also use several different online, third-party tools to check which TLS version you're using. For example, check your app's TLS version by pinging the following URL with the same HTTP client or infrastructure that you use in your app, integration, or bot.

https://www.howsmyssl.com/a/check

For language-specific instructions, read on.

Python

Use the following command to identify which version of TLS your app is using:

python3 -c "import json, urllib.request; print(json.loads(urllib.request.urlopen('https://www.howsmyssl.com/a/check').read().decode('UTF-8'))['tls_version'])"

While we recommend using Python 3 if possible, we know that some developers still use Python 2. In that case, use the following command instead:

 python -c "import json, urllib2; print json.load(urllib2.urlopen('https://www.howsmyssl.com/a/check'))['tls_version']"

​​If your TLS version is less than 1.2, first ensure that you are using a version of Python which supports TLS 1.2 and higher: Python 3.3.0+ or Python 2.7.8+. ​​ ​​Then, check dependencies for available upgrades. For example, to update to the latest version of requests​, use pip install requests --upgrade​.

Node.js

Check your Node installation using the following command:

node -e "var https = require('https'); https.get('https://tlstest.paypal.com/', function(res){ console.log(res.statusCode) });"

​​A 200 status code means your app is using TLS version 1.2 or greater. If your TLS version is less than 1.2, ensure that you are using a supported version of Node. Node versions follow a support schedule called the LTS support schedule. If you haven’t already, you should make plans to adopt Node v12 LTS before February 19, 2020. v12 guarantees a TLS version 1.2 or greater.

Java

​​If you are using Java 8, TLS 1.2 is enabled by default and you do not need to make any changes. ​​ ​​If you are using Java 7, TLS 1.2 will need to be enabled manually. Depending on the specific API or framework your code uses, you will enable it differently. This site provides steps for the most popular ways to enable TLS 1.2. ​​ ​​If you are using Java 6 or below: sadly, you'll need to upgrade to a later version. TLS 1.2 is not supported on these versions.

Other languages

​​Go

​​All versions of Go support TLS 1.2 by default. There’s no need to make any changes.

​​Ruby

​​Check your Ruby installation using the following command:

 ruby -r'net/http' -e 'puts Net::HTTP.get(URI("https://www.howsmyssl.com/a/check"))'

If you're not at TLS version 1.2 or greater, upgrade your version of Ruby. TLS 1.2 is supported on Ruby version 2.0.0 and higher.

​​.NET / C#

​​If you are using the .NET Framework, you should use v4.5 or higher. A more detailed guide for TLS 1.2 support across the various versions of .NET is available at Microsoft Docs.

What if I do nothing?

If you do nothing and your app uses TLS version 1.0 or 1.1, Slack will refuse your app's HTTP requests beginning February 19, 2020.

When does this happen?

TLS version 1.2 or greater will be required on February 21, 2020. As always, let us know if you have concerns or questions. We're here for you.

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