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Testing SSL sites

Discussion in 'Internet, Connectivity and Communications' started by Boycie, Dec 2, 2005.

  1. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    HI,

    Well after my second day in my new job it seems like we have a problem now and again accessing SSL sites.

    It seems once we log off we have problems accessing (one) again. :dry

    Other than contacting them (they don't return your call in a hurry) is there any way to test a https site to see if it is awake?
     
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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Quickest way is using ssh -vvv and decoding the diagnostic result I would have thought.

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  3. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Harry,

    Thanks for that. Can you expand a bit on that please? :oops:
     
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  4. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    OK, I was a bit brief! :biggrin

    I mentioned ssh, but it should have been ssl, blame it on the wine!

    "openssl s_client -connect <host>:443" will allow you to connect to a https server and you can then issue commands like 'get' etc.

    If you are doing this from a Windows platform then it is easier if you have cygwin. However there *is* a Windows build of OpenSSL about.

    Another method is to use cURL (http://curl.haxx.se/) which is an excelent tool for testing. cURL has Windows binaries available.

    Harry.
     
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  5. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Was my explaination any use? Or do you need some pointers?

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  6. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    No, that's great thanks Harry :thumbleft
     
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  7. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Glad it was useful!

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