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Server Testing

This site demonstrates how to test the OpenSSL server provided by the TLS-Docker-Library. Testing the server in the most simple form roughly takes around 38 minutes. However, this duration can increase to several depending on the strength parameter that that basically defines how often a single test case triggered with different parameters.


Before the server is able to do anything we need to generate a TLS certificate.


Next we create a dedicated docker network that is used by the TLS-Anvil and OpenSSL server container to communicate with each other.

docker network create tls-anvil

Starting the OpenSSL Server

As mentioned before, we use OpenSSL as an example. In this case the server uses an RSA certificate. However, TLS-Anvil works with any certificate and automatically adapts the tests to the given circumstances.

docker run \    -d \    --rm \    --name openssl-server \    --network tls-anvil \    -v cert-data:/certs/ \ \    -port 8443 \    -cert /certs/rsa2048cert.pem \    -key /certs/rsa2048key.pem
  • Lines 2-6: Docker related command flags
  • Line 7: Specifies the Docker image from the TLS-Docker-Library
  • Lines 8-10: Those flags are passed to the OpenSSL s_server binary

Starting TLS-Anvil

Finally TLS-Anvil is started. The current directory is mounted to the docker container and used to store the results.

docker run \    --rm \    -it \    -v $(pwd):/output/ \    --name tls-anvil \    --network tls-anvil \ \    -outputFolder ./ \    -parallelHandshakes 1 \    -strength 1 \    -identifier openssl-server \    server \    -connect openssl-server:8443 \    -doNotSendSNIExtension
  • Lines 2-6: Docker related command flags
  • Line 7: Specifies the TLS-Anvil docker image
  • Line 9: Since the OpenSSL example server is single threaded, we can only perform one handshakes sequentially
  • Line 10: Defines the strength, i.e. the t for t-way combinatorial testing
  • Line 12: We want to test a server.
  • Line 13-14: Determines the details how TLS-Anvil should connect to the server.