Unable to connect to bos sever. ssl handshake failed

David Woolley forums at david-woolley.me.uk
Mon Mar 28 17:31:05 EDT 2011

Felicia Marzan wrote:
> Please advise how to fix this error listed in the subject line.

This is an error associated with the AOL Oscar protocol and bos is 
actually BOS.

Probably the AOL machine failed to convince you that it was genuine, 
quite possibly because a firewall was blocking the communication.

You need to provide debug log information, although speaking with your 
IT department about their firewall might help.

What happens when you use the official AOL client?

What version of Pidgin and what OS type and version?

http://code.google.com/p/joscar/wiki/OscarConnections  explains BOS 
servers (Basic Online Services).  This seems to deal with coordinating 
your session after you have logged in, routing requests to more 
appropriate servers.

David Woolley
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