android https openssl rest ssl

Unknown protocol error with HTTPS connection on android

I am calling a REST service using HTTPS on an android application. I already have working code for this, but now that I am using a newly installed server hosting the REST service I can no longer establish a connection.

Here is the exception: SSL handshake aborted: ssl=0x15b7768: Failure in SSL library, usually a protocol error
error:140770FC:SSL routines:SSL23_GET_SERVER_HELLO:unknown protocol (external/openssl/ssl/s23_clnt.c:683 0x402e5cc3:0x00000000)

The application use the Apache classes to interact with the REST service. I get this error even when using a dummy TrustManager that accepts any kind of certificate.

When calling the REST Service from the Android Navigator, the connection is successfully established and works fine.

The Android phone is running the latest 4.0.3 Android from HTC.

The REST Service is a hosted mod_perl application on Apache configured with SSL support.

Browsing the OpenSSL source code at does not give me any hints besides a low level problem.

Any suggestion of how to debug this further ?