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Data exchanged through SSL (TLS) connections can be decrypted by performing ''man-in-the-middle'' attack. Attacker can modify TLS handshake and provide new certificates (with attacker's encryption keys).
 
Data exchanged through SSL (TLS) connections can be decrypted by performing ''man-in-the-middle'' attack. Attacker can modify TLS handshake and provide new certificates (with attacker's encryption keys).
  
Many commercial [[network forensics]] systems can perform such an attack:
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Some commercial [[network forensics]] systems can perform such an attack:
* Mera Systems [http://netbeholder.com/en/products/lawful_interception.html Sleek Buster] (supports signed forged certificates)
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* Mera Systems [http://netbeholder.com/en/products/lawful_interception.html Sleek Buster] (supports signed by a trusted CA forged certificates)
 
* [http://www.edecision4u.com/edecision4u/Products.html E-Detective HTTPS/SSL Network Packet Forensics Device]
 
* [http://www.edecision4u.com/edecision4u/Products.html E-Detective HTTPS/SSL Network Packet Forensics Device]
  
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The TLS protocol also leaks some significant information:
 
The TLS protocol also leaks some significant information:
 
* Current date and time on a TLS client and server (old versions of [[Firefox]] and [[Thunderbird]] leak system's uptime);
 
* Current date and time on a TLS client and server (old versions of [[Firefox]] and [[Thunderbird]] leak system's uptime);
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* Hostname being accessed ("server_name" extension);
 
* Original data size.
 
* Original data size.
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== [[The Onion Router]] ==
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[[Tor]] tunnels application data through TLS connections and it is not possible to decrypt such connections by performing traditional ''man-in-the-middle'' attack. [[Tor]] also sends application data in chunks to make it harder to guess exactly how many bytes users are communicating.
  
 
== Links ==
 
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Revision as of 11:42, 20 July 2008

SSL (TLS) forensics is the process of capturing information exchanged through SSL (TLS) connections and trying to make sense of it in some kind of forensics capacity.

Overview

TLS (Transport Layer Security) provides authentication and encryption for many network protocols, such as: POP, IMAP, SMTP, HTTP. However, it is possible to tunnel almost every TCP-based protocol through TLS using such tools as stunnel.

Generally, many TLS realizations require only server to be authenticated using signed certificate.

Data decryption

Data exchanged through SSL (TLS) connections can be decrypted by performing man-in-the-middle attack. Attacker can modify TLS handshake and provide new certificates (with attacker's encryption keys).

Some commercial network forensics systems can perform such an attack:

As well as some open-source tools:

  • ettercap (unsupported, last version - 2005/05/29)
  • dsniff (obsolete, last stable version - 2000/12/17)

Other information

The TLS protocol also leaks some significant information:

  • Current date and time on a TLS client and server (old versions of Firefox and Thunderbird leak system's uptime);
  • Hostname being accessed ("server_name" extension);
  • Original data size.

The Onion Router

Tor tunnels application data through TLS connections and it is not possible to decrypt such connections by performing traditional man-in-the-middle attack. Tor also sends application data in chunks to make it harder to guess exactly how many bytes users are communicating.

Links