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Jackal - Certificate cloner

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Tool: jackal.1.0.tgz
Slides: jackal.1.0.pdf

Overview

jackal clones SSL certificates. The purpose is to automate and simplify a step in the SSL MITM process.

SSL/TLS connections are established on trust provided by the certificates that are exchanged. Typically the server sends a certificate to the client for verification. All certificates are signed by another certificate. Self-signed certificates are signed by themselves; in all other cases, an end user cerficate is signed by an intermediate certificate authority, which is in-turn signed by other intermediates, the last of which is signed by a root certificate authority. The root certificate authority is self-signed and should be available to the tool or client that wants to verify the end user certificate.

To verify an end user certificate a tool or client finds the certificate that signed it, and then recursively verifies that. If any of the certificates are contained in the CA store, the certificate is deemed to have a valid signature. There are other checks, such as validity dates and confirmation of the end user certificate details to ensure the right certificate is in use.

Man-in-the-middle attacks are possible if the certificate verification routines are flawed or if it is possible to add a fake CA to the CA store. In order to effect such an attack, certificates that mimic the real certificates are required. This tool, jackal, makes fake certificates that are identical to the originals except for the change of keys.

With jackal you can clone a leaf (server) certificate, clone an entire certificate chain, or resign a certificate chain with your own CA. Jackal uses openssl library routines to load the certificates, modify them and re-sign them.

Supported platforms

Expecting it to work on any other platforms is very optimistic of you.




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