Using OpenSSL Behind a (Corporate) Proxy

When at work, I'm behind a corporate proxy, which requires all my traffic to the outside world needing to pass through the proxy for various security reasons.

However, if I'm trying to i.e. use OpenSSL to get the public certificate for a website using the steps in my article Extracting SSL/TLS Certificate Chains Using OpenSSL, I've found that the requests I send sending are just timing out.

I found that this is because OpenSSL doesn't go via the proxy unless you explicitly tell it with an explicit -proxy:

openssl s_client -showcerts -connect "jvt.me:443" -proxy http://proxy.example.com:8888 ...

With that set, my connections then start to go through OK again.

Written by Jamie Tanna's profile image Jamie Tanna on , and last updated on .

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