TLS User Agent Hooks

In addition to the HTTP oriented hooks, a plugin can add hooks to trigger code during the TLS handshake with the user agent. This TLS handshake occurs well before the HTTP transaction is available, so a separate state machine is required to track the TLS hooks.

TLS Hooks

In all cases, the hook callback has the following signature.

int SSL_callback(TSCont contp, TSEvent event, void * edata)

The edata parameter is a TSVConn object.

The following actions are valid from these callbacks.


This hook is invoked after the client has connected to ATS and before the SSL handshake is started, i.e., before any bytes have been read from the client. The data for the callback is a TSVConn instance which represents the client connection. There is no HTTP transaction as no headers have been read.

In theory this hook could apply and be useful for non-SSL connections as well, but at this point this hook is only called in the SSL sequence.

The TLS handshake processing will not proceed until TSSslVConnReenable() is called either from within the hook callback or from another piece of code.


This hook is called if the client provides SNI information in the SSL handshake. If called it will always be called after TS_VCONN_PRE_ACCEPT_HOOK.

The Traffic Server core first evaluates the settings in the ssl_multicert.config file based on the server name. Then the core SNI callback executes the plugin registered SNI callback code. The plugin callback can access the servername by calling the openssl function SSL_get_servername().

Processing will continue regardless of whether the hook callback executes TSSslVConnReenable() since the openssl implementation does not allow for pausing processing during the openssl servername callback.


This hook is called as the server certificate is selected for the TLS handshake. The plugin callback can execute code to create or select the certificate that should be used for the TLS handshake. This will override the default Traffic Server certificate selection.

If you are running with openssl 1.0.2 or later, you can control whether the TLS handshake processing will continue after the certificate hook callback execute by calling TSSslVConnReenable() or not. The TLS handshake processing will not proceed until TSSslVConnReenable() is called.

It may be useful to delay the TLS handshake processing if other resources must be consulted to select or create a certificate.

TLS Hook State Diagram

TLS Hook State Diagram