Ortho's picture


So I powered a Magento2 Turnkey VM back up after a few months of it being offline, and new I'd need to renew its certificate.

I ran the following:


and got:


[2019-10-01 09:07:43] dehydrated-wrapper: INFO: started
[2019-10-01 09:07:44] dehydrated-wrapper: INFO: found apache2 listening on port 80
[2019-10-01 09:07:44] dehydrated-wrapper: INFO: stopping apache2
[2019-10-01 09:07:44] dehydrated-wrapper: INFO: running dehydrated
  + ERROR: An error occurred while sending post-request to https://acme-v01.api.letsencrypt.org/acme/new-authz (Status 400)

  "type": "urn:acme:error:badNonce",
  "detail": "JWS has no anti-replay nonce",
  "status": 400

[2019-10-01 09:07:46] dehydrated-wrapper: FATAL: dehydrated exited with a non-zero exit code.
[2019-10-01 09:07:46] dehydrated-wrapper: WARNING: Something went wrong, restoring original cert & key.
[2019-10-01 09:07:46] dehydrated-wrapper: INFO: starting apache2
[2019-10-01 09:07:46] dehydrated-wrapper: INFO: starting stunnel4
[2019-10-01 09:07:47] dehydrated-wrapper: WARNING: Check today's previous log entries for details of error.

From what i can find while googling, it seems as though the dehydrated script isn't handling the nonce sequence properly.

Any idea on how to fix this?

Jeremy Davis's picture

Yes, it appears that Let's Encrypt have changed their server config and the change has broken the older version of Dehydrated that we have been using (installed from Debian repos).

There is some discussion regarding this (and some other issues) in another thread (specifically this post and this one). But probably your best bet is to have a read of the full info in the relevant issue on GitHub.

FWIW, I have just updated the issue with a link to the relevant Debian bug and a note that it appears to be possible to just edit the Dehydrated script itself to resolve the issue. I haven't tested that myself, but I figured it was worth noting.

Regardless, I should probably do a blog post (and send out a newsletter) about this as it will hit all users eventually (as their certificates expire). I'll be speaking with Alon tonight (my time) and we'll decide on a plan of attack...

Ortho's picture

I tried both changes, and updating dehydrated did seem to work after a reboot.

Unfortunately I've seemed to have run into an LE Rate limit (I hate how it doesn't tell you which limit you've hit).

I tried then to change the dehydrated url to the test url, but now I always just get 400 error.

Is there a way to run the dehydrated wrapper but in test mode just to validate that everything is working once the rate limit clears?

Jeremy Davis's picture

AFAIK the Let's Encrypt rate limit is 20 per week.

It's not well documented, but Confconsole actually ships with a alternate config designed to be used against the "Let's Encrypt staging server". It was created with the intention of being "dropped in" instead of the default config (it overrides the default URL that it hits, so just adding the relevant lines in the config file is another option). You can find a note about it within a discussion on GitHub.

Having said that, it was a fair while ago since it was last tested (at least by me). So I'm not even 100% sure that it still works. It'd be great if you wanted to test it out and let us know...

It might be best to save the current config, just in case. I.e.:

mv /etc/dehydrated/confconsole.config /etc/dehydrated/confconsole.config.orig
cp cp /usr/share/confconsole/letsencrypt/dehydrated-staging-confconsole.config /etc/dehydrated/confconsole.config

Then give it a run:


Good luck mate.

Igor's picture

root@zosma ~# /usr/lib/confconsole/plugins.d/Lets_Encrypt/dehydrated-wrapper
[2019-10-07 17:25:51] dehydrated-wrapper: INFO:INFO started
[2019-10-07 17:25:52] dehydrated-wrapper: INFO: found apache2 listening on port 80
[2019-10-07 17:25:52] dehydrated-wrapperpper: INFO: stopping apache2

[2019-10-07 17:25:53] dehydrated-wrapperpperapper: INFO: running dehydrated
  + ERROR: An error occurred while sending post-request to https://acme-staging.api.letsencrypt.org/acme/new-reg (Status 403)
    Details: {
        "type": "uot;urn:acme:error:unauthorized",
	"detail": "Account creation on ACMEv1 is disabled. Please upgrade your ACME client to a version that supports ACMEv2 / RFC 8555. See https://community.letsencrypt.org/t/end-of-life-plan-for-acmev1/88430 for details.",
        "status": 403
[2019-10-07 17:25:56] dehydrated-wrapper: FATAL: dehydrated exited with a non-zero exit code.
[2019-10-07 17:25:56] dehydrated-wrapper: WARNING: Something went went wrong, restoring original cert & key.
[2019-10-07 17:25:56] dehydratedehydrated-wrapper: INFO: starting apache2
[2019-10-07 17:25:56] dehydrated-wrapper: INFO: starting stunnel4
[2019-10-07 17:25:57] dehydrated-wrapper: WARNING: Check today's previous log entries for details of error.
Jeremy Davis's picture

Ah yes, that is a new error. Reading the error message suggests that we'll need to update the API URL that Dehydrated uses. According to a Let's Encrypt announcement disallowing new registrations for APIv1 wasn't supposed to happen until next month. Existing users have until June 2020 apparently, although this early breakage of v1 suggests that it's probably best not to wait...

I documented on the bug report how to install from upstream (it's a bit dirty, but in this case it's not "unsafe"). Not sure if you've done that, or the just "fixed" the single line (i.e. adjusting the single line in Dehydrated)?

Regardless, either of those will resolve the Nonce issue, but without further changes, it will still attempt to use the v1 API. I haven't done any testing yet, but a quick google suggests that we'll need to adjust the URL that Dehydrated connects to (stored in the CA variable). Currently it is:


For new users, that now needs to be:


It's probably also worth existing users changing that too and double checking that everything works as it should.

It's probably worth noting that there is now a newer version of Dehydrated in stretch-backports now (actually, it's the latest version). So installing from backports is another (cleaner) way to upgrade it.

As noted above, I'm yet to do any testing to confirm my understanding, but essentially, these steps should resolve the issue(s):

  1. upgrade dehydrated (either from upstream or via stretch-backports)
  2. update the confconsole hook script (from TurnKey's GH)
  3. update the API URL (to v2)

And then everything should be all systems go!

I'll aim to look into this further ASAP (within the next few days) but I'm currently a bit bogged down with other stuff.

PS - I hope you don't mind me editing your post to make it a bit easier to read... :)

Igor's picture

  1. Added stretch-backports repository to APT sources list.
  2. Updated from there packages certbot and dehydrated (and all related packages too).
  3. Replaced links in /etc/dehydrated / conf console.config:
  1. Ran commands:
/usr/bin/dehydrated --register --accept-terms
Jeremy Davis's picture

Thanks for the neat and tidy roundup Igor, that's great!

Although FWIW, you don't need certbot. Dehydrated does pretty much the same thing (i.e. they're both ACME clients which get certificates from Let's Encrypt).

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