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

I ran into a similar problem when trying to use the JQuery generator for Rails 3

I solved it like this:

  1. Get the CURL Certificate Authority (CA) bundle. You can do this with:

    • sudo port install curl-ca-bundle [if you are using MacPorts]
    • or just pull it down directly wget
  2. Execute the ruby code that is trying to verify the SSL certification: SSL_CERT_FILE=/opt/local/etc/certs/cacert.pem rails generate jquery:install. In your case, you want to either set this as an environment variable somewhere the server picks it up or add something like ENV['SSL_CERT_FILE'] = /path/to/your/new/cacert.pem in your environment.rb file.

You can also just install the CA files (I haven’t tried this) to the OS — there are lengthy instructions here — this should work in a similar fashion, but I have not tried this personally.

Basically, the issue you are hitting is that some web service is responding with a certificate signed against a CA that OpenSSL cannot verify.

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