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[SOLVED] Download failed.: SSL peer certificate or SSH remote key was not OK

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If you’re currently facing problems updating your WordPress plugins, you are not alone.

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Several users that tried to update WordPress, or WordPress plugins, experienced this error:

“Download failed.: SSL peer certificate or SSH remote key was not OK”

A lot of information pointed to the use of self-signed SSL certificates, apache installations with Curl and even exotic configuration settings in WordPress.

Apparently, none of this mattered.

On dedicated servers or VPS, it is common to use a pair of nameservers provided by OpenDNS. It seems that they have been quite flaky lately.

The solution:

  • Edit your /etc/resolv.conf file
  • Replace any references to OpenDNS servers (208.67.220.220, 208.67.222.222) to that of Google: 8.8.4.4, 8.8.8.8
  • Restart bind and apache

You should be then able to update WordPress and/or plugins as usual.

Many thanks to n2servers who provided the solution at the WordPress forum.

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