Solution for How do I confirm Man in the Middle attack with these hints?
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1I have an app installed on my android device that shows me if the SHA256 fingerprint has been changed. It often shows that it has been altered when I run it for
YouTube.com and it once showed for
Instagram.com. I tried using a VPN and it didn’t show afterwards.
The app basically says that it detects the SSL interception of web traffic which will decrypt an encrypted session. The test is accomplished by comparing the HTTPS certificate fingerprint of the website on your device vs the fingerprint shown on an external server.
I’m curious if it is really a concern as I do a lot of private video calls on Instagram. Are those getting recorded or anything without my knowledge?
PS: I do not have any shady app on my device.
Check the actual certificate the sites return. Certificates will expire after a while, meaning they get replaced with new versions.
Besides that, bigger sites with multiple datacenters, such as YouTube (Google) and Instagram (Facebook), might even use different certificates for different regions. This would explain why it doesn’t show up while using a VPN. Also because of IP routing, special server configurations, … you might end up connecting to different servers/regions (with different certificates) from day to day or so.
Assuming that the certificate is properly signed, valid and not revoked, you should be fine, even if the fingerprint changes. For malicious people to perform a man-in-the-middle attack with a valid SSL, they’d either need to have a valid certificate themselves (which would get revoked), access to the site’s servers (which is a lost cause) or add a malicious root certificate to your device (which is a whole other problem).
The test is accomplished by comparing the HTTPS certificate
fingerprint of the website on your device vs the fingerprint shown on
an external server.
Mind that that external server might also have a different/outdated fingerprint compared to you, for any of the reasons above or others.