Doing a regular check of the logs on a production Discourse I noticed the Poll Mailbox job was failing with this error:
Job exception: SSL_connect returned=1 errno=0 state=error: certificate verify failed (self signed certificate)
Some relevant notes:
- This instance is a standard Discourse installation on Digital Ocean with a LetsEncrypt certificate. There’s nothing else on the server.
- Pop3 email importation has been working on it without any issues for a number of months.
- There’s no indication of any issues on the gmail side (i.e. suspcious sign-in etc)
There is an interesting topic here that mentions the same error, but it seems that that concerns an installation that actually has a self signed certificate: Reply by email SSL self signed certificate error.
The relevant site settings were:
pop3 polling enabled: true pop3 polling ssl: true pop3 polling openssl verify: true pop3 polling period mins: 5 pop3 polling host: pop.gmail.com pop3 polling port: 995 pop3 polling username: // a gmail username pop3 polling password: // a gmail password pop3 polling delete from server: true
I initially tried toggling pop3 polling enabled, but this did nothing (and no errors were returned). I also rebuilt the container. Finally, I changed pop3 polling openssl verify to
false and the Poll Mailbox job now works again.
I’m not sure what to make of this atm, but thought I might report it for now.
As a side note, if the Poll Mailbox job is failing it might be good to log it somewhere in the admin UI, as a “silent” failure there, and a failure to import messages, can cause a bit of an issue.