Enable secure TLS for Azure Storage client

Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) are cryptographic protocols that provide communications security over a computer network. SSL 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 have been found to be vulnerable. They have been prohibited by RFC. TLS 1.0 becomes insecure for using insecure Block cipher (DES CBC and RC2 CBC) and Stream cipher (RC4). PCI council also suggested the migration to higher TLS versions. For more details, you can see Transport Layer Security (TLS).

Azure Storage has stopped SSL 3.0 since 2015 and uses TLS 1.2 on public HTTPs endpoints but TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 are still supported for backward compatibility.

In order to ensure secure and compliant connection to Azure Storage, you need to enable TLS 1.2 or newer version in client side before sending requests to operate Azure Storage service.

Enable TLS 1.2 in .NET client

For the client to negotiate TLS 1.2, the OS and the .NET Framework version both need to support TLS 1.2. See more details in Support for TLS 1.2.

The following sample shows how to enable TLS 1.2 in your .NET client.

    static void EnableTls12()
        // Enable TLS 1.2 before connecting to Azure Storage
        System.Net.ServicePointManager.SecurityProtocol = System.Net.SecurityProtocolType.Tls12;

        // Connect to Azure Storage
        CloudStorageAccount storageAccount = CloudStorageAccount.Parse("DefaultEndpointsProtocol=https;AccountName={yourstorageaccount};AccountKey={yourstorageaccountkey};EndpointSuffix=core.windows.net");
        CloudBlobClient blobClient = storageAccount.CreateCloudBlobClient();

        CloudBlobContainer container = blobClient.GetContainerReference("foo");

Enable TLS 1.2 in PowerShell client


This article has been updated to use the new Azure PowerShell Az module. You can still use the AzureRM module, which will continue to receive bug fixes until at least December 2020. To learn more about the new Az module and AzureRM compatibility, see Introducing the new Azure PowerShell Az module. For Az module installation instructions, see Install Azure PowerShell.

The following sample shows how to enable TLS 1.2 in your PowerShell client.

# Enable TLS 1.2 before connecting to Azure Storage
[System.Net.ServicePointManager]::SecurityProtocol = [System.Net.SecurityProtocolType]::Tls12;

$resourceGroup = "{YourResourceGroupName}"
$storageAccountName = "{YourStorageAccountNme}"
$prefix = "foo"

# Connect to Azure Storage
$storageAccount = Get-AzStorageAccount -ResourceGroupName $resourceGroup -Name $storageAccountName
$ctx = $storageAccount.Context
$listOfContainers = Get-AzStorageContainer -Context $ctx -Prefix $prefix

Verify TLS 1.2 connection

You can use Fiddler to verify if TLS 1.2 is used actually. Open Fiddler to start capturing client network traffic then execute above sample. Then you can find the TLS version in the connection that the sample makes.

The following screenshot is a sample for the verification.

screenshot of verifying TLS version in Fiddler

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