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Friday, September 22 • 9:00am - 9:45am
Passive Fingerprinting of HTTP/2 Clients

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HTTP/2 is the second major version of the HTTP protocol. It changes the way HTTP is transferred “on the wire” by introducing a full binary protocol that is made up of TCP connections, streams, and frames, rather than a plain-text protocol. Such a fundamental change from HTTP/1.x to HTTP/2, means that client-side and server-side implementations have to incorporate completely new code in order to support new HTTP/2 features. This introduces nuances in protocol implementations, which, in return, might be used to passively fingerprint web clients.


Our research is based on more than 10 million HTTP/2 connections from which we extracted fingerprints for over 40,000 unique user agents across hundreds of implementations.


In the presentation, I intend provide the following:

• HTTP/2 Overview

- Introduction into the basic elements of the protocol

- a review the different components chosen for the fingerprint format (alongside a discussion on those left out)

- Potential use cases of the proposed fingerprint

- Usage Statistics - prevalence of HTTP/2 usage on Akamai’s platform

• Examples of common HTTP/2 Implementations & Client fingerprints collected during the research

• HTTP/2 support (or the lack of) among common web security tools (Burp suite, sqlmap, etc.)

• Review of attacks over HTTP/2 observed on Akamai’s platform



http://akamai.me/2qWIqON  - whitepaper published by Akamai’s Threat-Research Team.

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Elad Shuster

Security Reseracher, Akamai
CPA(il), MBA, Security Data Analyst at Akamai, with over 10 years of experience in data analysis across different industries. | At Akamai I'm part of the Threat Operations team, exploring new trends in the web security and responsible for maintaining the defensive protections of... Read More →

Friday September 22, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
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