Decrypt HTTPS traffic with Wireshark and Fiddler


Using Wireshark on Windows 7 – Key Facts and Overview

  • Wireshark is a traffic analyzer, that helps you to learn how networking work and how to diagnose Network problems
  • To track SSL Traffic on Windows we use Wireshark with Session Key Logging
  • If the Browser uses the Diffie-Hellman cipher we need to disable it

Understanding the SSL Handshake Protocol

TLS/SSL Handshake Diagram
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  • The SSL or TLS client sends a “client hello” message that lists cryptographic information such as the SSL or TLS version and, in the client’s order of preference, the CipherSuites supported by the client
  • The SSL or TLS server responds with a “server hello” message that contains the CipherSuite chosen by the server from the list provided by the client
  • Reference:An overview of the SSL or TLS handshake
  • Note: The “server hello” is very important as it Diffie-Hellman Cipher can’t be traced !

Disable the Diffie-Hellman Cipher for Browsers

Disable the Diffie-Hellman Cipher for Firefox

  • Launch Firefox, navigate to “about:config” from address bar
  • Double click all the Diffie-Hellman ciphers starting with dhe or ecdhe to change the Value to false
  • Restart Firefox to take effect
Disable the Diffie-Hellman Cipher for Firefox
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Disable the Diffie-Hellman Cipher for Chrome

  • View the default Cipher Suites list from the Client Hello message of Chrome
  • Append all the ciphers that contain “ECDHE” or “DHE” in hex to command line parameter:”–cipher-suite-blacklist” and launch Chrome
  • Sample: chrome.exe –cipher-suite-blacklist=0xc02b,0xc02f,0x009e,0xcc14,0xcc13,0xc00a,0xc014,0x0039,0xc009,0xc013,0x0033
Cipher Suites (15 suites)
     Cipher Suite: TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 (0xc02b)
     Cipher Suite: TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 (0xc02f)
     Cipher Suite: TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 (0x009e)
     Cipher Suite: TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_CHACHA20_POLY1305_SHA256 (0xcc14)
     Cipher Suite: TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_CHACHA20_POLY1305_SHA256 (0xcc13)
     Cipher Suite: TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA (0xc00a)
     Cipher Suite: TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA (0xc014)
     Cipher Suite: TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA (0x0039)
     Cipher Suite: TLS_ECDHE_ECDSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA (0xc009)
     Cipher Suite: TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA (0xc013)
     Cipher Suite: TLS_DHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA (0x0033)
     Cipher Suite: TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 (0x009c)
     Cipher Suite: TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA (0x0035)
     Cipher Suite: TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA (0x002f)
     Cipher Suite: TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA (0x000a)

Testing SSL Decryption with Wireshark

Setup Wireshark

Activate Session Key Logging on Windows Action
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  • Create SSLKEYLOGFILE enviroment variable
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  • Enable SSLKEYLOGFILE for SSL Protocol
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  • If needed add add. HTTPS Ports like : Port 8443
  • Edit -> Preferences -> Protocols -> HTTP

Run Wireshark and decrypt a TLS/SSL packet

Run first https test against Google Website
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  • Testing against https:/
  • The decrypted SSL indicates that this packet was decrypted sucessfully !

Advantages / Disadvantages using Wireshark

Advantages Disadvantages
A little bit complicated Very detailed Info for the complete Network Stack
You need to know a lot of Networking Details Client must support SSLKEYLOGFILE feature
Support only certain Browsers [ Firefox, Chrome ] and email clients [ thunderbird] No support for cURL and WordPress function like wp_get_remote() and


Using Fiddler

Fiddler – How it Works

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  • To read HTTPS data Fiddler is acting like a Man-in-the-Middle
  • Fiddler is listening to following Network proxy: localhost:8888
  • On startup Fiddler registers as a WinINET-Proxy service
  • All Browsers [ like Chrrome, Firefox ] taking care of this service sends its data to the >Fiddler-Proxy first
  • Finally Fiddler sends the data to the Target Host

Setup – Enable Decryption of SSL/HTTPS traffic

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  • Menu: Tools -> Option -> HTTPS
  • Check: X Decrypt HTTPS Traffic

Decrypt cURL HTTPS traffic with Fiddler

Using cUrl : add –proxy to the cUrl command
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  • Start Fiddler
    [Note Fiddler uses Portnumber: 8888 per Default ]
  • Add –proxy to your curl command
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  • Use Inspectors menu item
  • This gives as a decrypted view of the HTTPS Post Request
  • Note: Passwords and Username can now easily extracted
  • Use the RAW menu item to get details about
    HTTPS Response Request like:
    HTTP Response Code, HTTPS Header and HTTPS
    Response Body

Decrypt WordPress HTTPS traffic for wp_remote_get()/wp_remote_post() with Fiddler

Application Details

Display Timelines with Fiddler

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  • Page load [ /pv/wr] is decoupled from the PHP processing
  • PHP processing [initWRApp.php] is triggered via Ajax Request
  • All Remote PHP processing steps [login.action, tologin.action and summaryInfo.action] runs sequentially

Display HTTP Packet Details with Fiddler

Step1 : Initial Page Load WebBrowser -> Local Webserver []
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  • Protocal: HTTP
  • Http Get Request to load the initial Page
Step2: Starting PHP Remote Processing WebBrowser -> Local Webserver []
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  • Protocal: HTTP
  • Http Get Request to start PHP Remote Processing with wp_remote_get and wp_remote_post
Step3: Authenticate with Username/Password against Remote Webserver Local Webserver [] -> Remote Webserver [ ]
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  • Protocol: HTTPS Post
  • URL:!login.action
  • WordPress Function used: wp_remote_post()
  • Remote Webserver return “op.successfully” if login OK !
  • Remote Webserver return New JSESSIONID cookie if login OK !
Step 4: Capture initial Page after Login into Remote Werbserver Local Webserver [] -> Remote Webserver []
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  • Protocol: HTTPS Get
  • URL:!tologin.action
  • WordPress Function used: wp_remote_get()
  • Remote Webserver return Initial Webpage after successful login!
  • Remote Webserver return X-CSRF-Token which should be used for subsequent requests
Step 5: Finally capture Data from Remote Werbserver Local Webserver [] -> Remote Webserver []
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  • Protocol: HTTPS Post
  • URL:!querySummaryInfo.action?nodeSN=0
  • WordPress Function used: wp_remote_post()
  • Remote Webserver return Data in Json Format
  • For this request we use JSESSIONID cookie returned from Step 3
  • For this request we use X-CSRF-TOKEN returned from Step 4

Advantages/Disadvantages using Fiddler

Advantages Disadvantages
Easy Setup Only HTTP/HTTP traffic can be monitored
Support all sort of clients like cURl, PHP, Browers, Email Clients, …

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