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General question about HTTP and HTTPS in Laura's WS101 course

asked 2024-05-28 16:20:41 +0000

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I noticed while studying Laura's WS101 course, and starting with the NF course, that all (or most) of the packets she is working with are in HTTP not HTTPS. I don't get it, the courses were created in 2016, and HTTPS was the norm by then. Even when she is accessing well-known websites such as ESPN, it is apparent that the traffic is being dissected by HTTP dissectors. Did she provide Wireshark a decryption key? what is going on? I know this question may seem very easy to most of you, but it's got my mind busy, and I can't find an answer to it online.

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answered 2024-05-28 16:48:50 +0000

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You didn't specify which file you were looking at.
Here is one from 2012 when HTTP was still a thing.


Length: 4693 kB
Hash (SHA256): 892fee2e24c9adc015d0204885cde8741f66b7764edd20974f3632e8d74b19b9
Hash (SHA1): ef7aed0a1ef1e71359bc3ded4333f9ca8b2dacd6
Format: Wireshark/... - pcapng
Encapsulation: Ethernet


First packet: 2012-01-07 15:54:07
Last packet: 2012-01-07 15:55:21
Elapsed: 00:01:14

Section Comment
[Copyright Chappell University]

Well? Have they improved the site yet? Check out the number of TCP connections and DNS traffic required to load the site. Refer to Chapter 23: Analyze Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) Traffic of "Wireshark Network Analysis" by Laura Chappell. 
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I did not specify, because it seemed like ALL of the files she used had HTTP instead of HTTPS. But I am talking about when she is capturing traffic. When she for example went to and she was using a capture filter that looked for a specific GET request where she was looking for a specific image, and the website would return an image in response. I don't think the name of the image is of relevance, that is why I didn't check it again, but I am 100% sure that she was doing a live capture in a course recorded in August of 2016 and she was sending and receiving raw, un-encrypted packets.

fadl gravatar imagefadl ( 2024-05-28 17:14:46 +0000 )edit

2016 http:// www wireshark com/:

Chuckc gravatar imageChuckc ( 2024-05-28 17:21:13 +0000 )edit

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