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[ScreenOS] Are Deep Inspection or Anti-virus able to scan HTTPS traffic?



Article ID: KB28090 KB Last Updated: 13 Sep 2013Version: 1.0

This article explains whether Deep Inspection (DI) and Anti-virus (AV) can inspect HTTPS traffic. Encrypted protocols cannot be inspected by DI or AV.


Can Deep Inspection or Anti-virus mechanisms be used to detect HTTPS communication?



For HTTP traffic, DI will perform a scan on Layer 7 data (GET, POST etc.) to look for attack patterns by comparing the data contained within the application service fields with the Attack Object Database’s library of signatures. However, as HTTPS payload is encrypted, the firewall cannot scan it. Encrypted protocols (HTTPS, SFTP, SSL etc) will not be inspected by DI or AV. Although there are some signatures for SSL, none of them scan encrypted traffic.

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