§Testing SSL

Testing an SSL client not only involves unit and integration testing, but also involves adversarial testing, which tests that an attacker cannot break or subvert a secure connection.

§Unit Testing

Play comes with play.api.test.WsTestClient, which provides two methods, wsCall and wsUrl. It can be helpful to use PlaySpecification and in new WithApplication

"calls index" in new WithApplication() {

§Adversarial Testing

There are several points of where a connection can be attacked. Writing these tests is fairly easy, and running these adversarial tests against unsuspecting programmers can be extremely satisfying.

Note:This should not be taken as a complete list, but as a guide. In situations where security is paramount, a review should be done by professional info-sec consultants.

§Testing Certificate Verification

Write a test to connect to "". The server should present a certificate which says the subjectAltName is dnsName, but the certificate should be signed by a CA certificate which is not in the trust store. The client should reject it.

This is a very common failure. There are a number of proxies like mitmproxy or Fiddler which will only work if certificate verification is disabled or the proxy’s certificate is explicitly added to the trust store.

§Testing Weak Cipher Suites

The server should send a cipher suite that includes NULL or ANON cipher suites in the handshake. If the client accepts it, it is sending unencrypted data.

Note: For a more in depth test of a server’s cipher suites, see sslyze.

§Testing Certificate Validation

To test for weak signatures, the server should send the client a certificate which has been signed with, for example, the MD2 digest algorithm. The client should reject it as being too weak.

To test for weak certificate, The server should send the client a certificate which contains a public key with a key size under 1024 bits. The client should reject it as being too weak.

Note: For a more in depth test of certification validation, see tlspretense and frankencert.

§Testing Hostname Verification

Write a test to "". If the server presents a certificate where the subjectAltName’s dnsName is not, the connection should terminate.

Note: For a more in depth test, see dnschef.

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