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Support Tip: How to find the SSL Version and Cipher type used by a secure website.

You can find the SSL Version and Cipher type used by a HTTPS website. You can as well set SSL Version and Cipher type through the script.


From DOS prompt, type OPENSSL s_client -connect


In order to find the SSL cipher being used by a particular HTTPS website, You can follow the steps specified below:


1. Launch a DOS Prompt.
2. Browse to the LoadRunner\bin folder.
3. Type in openssl and press ENTER. After this you would notice the prompt change to OPENSSL>.
4. Type in the following command


   OPENSSL>s_client -connect

The above statement will make the initial SSL handshake and the display output after the handshake is completed. The information will look as follows:

   New, TLSv1/SSLv3, Cipher is RC4-MD5
   Server public key is 1024 bit
   Protocol : TLSv1
   Cipher : RC4-MD5


This indicates that the SSL Version is 3 and the SSL Cipher being used is "RC4-MD5."


The SSL version and Cipher type can be set in Vuser script using the web_set_sockets_options() function.


Note:If you get error as shown below, make sure that you are able to ping the server from the machine from which openssl command was run.

gethostbyname failure
error in s_client'


For more details, You may refer to the below KB link:

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Established Member..
Established Member..

Hi PraveenaR,


Thanks for sharing Useful information.


But when i try to fired below command , i got attached error.


I am able to ping given url from host manchine.


please suggest




Absent Member.
Absent Member.

You can use 

S_client -host <hostname> -port <portnumber>

Thank you


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