At the moment I have an EC private key in my possession and also some traffic that was encrypted using the aforementioned private key. I have been trying to use OpenSSL to turn the private key into something Wireshark can work with. For example, going from the original:


To the following:


Via the command:

openssl req -new -x509 -key private_key.pem -out server.pem -days 730

However Wireshark doesn't seem to enjoy this either. Is there a way to decrypt ECDSA traffic using wireshark?

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    Which cipher was used? If it is an ECDHE or DHE cipher then the private key of the certificate is not sufficient to decrypt the traffic because of forward secrecy. – Steffen Ullrich Jun 25 '16 at 10:54
  • I'm afraid I'm rather new to this and don't entirely know how to work out what the type is. Could you shed some light on how to find out? I didn't generate the private key myself. @SteffenUllrich – Alexander Craggs Jun 25 '16 at 10:57
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    In this case I would recommend to first study How does SSL/TLS work? because it contains the information you need to understand how encryption works and what is needed for decryption, the role of certificates and ciphers etc. – Steffen Ullrich Jun 25 '16 at 11:00
  • Aha, thank you for the reference, I'll look over that now @SteffenUllrich – Alexander Craggs Jun 25 '16 at 11:24
  • @SteffenUllrich Read both that article and most of the ones attached to that. Still not quite understanding how to get access to the key used via Wireshark. I can find the protocol is indeed TCP, but nothing else (I'm looking at the more indepth view of each packet of Wireshark, picture. – Alexander Craggs Jun 25 '16 at 12:42

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