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I'm on CentOS 5.9.

I'd like to determine from the linux shell if a remote web server specifically supports TLS 1.2 (as opposed to TLS 1.0). Is there an easy way to check for that?

I'm not seeing a related option on openssl but perhaps I'm overlooking something.

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You should use openssl s_client, and the option you are looking for is -tls1_2.

An example command would be:

openssl s_client -connect google.com:443 -tls1_2

If you get the certificate chain and the handshake you know the system in question supports TLS 1.2. If you see don't see the certificate chain, and something similar to "handshake error" you know it does not support TLS 1.2. You can also test for TLS 1 or TLS 1.1 with -tls1 or tls1_1 respectively.

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    And keep in mind that you'll have to use a version of OpenSSL which does TLS 1.2, and that means CentOS 5 is right out. Oct 21 '14 at 20:49
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    Does not work on Mac OS X 10.11
    – Quanlong
    Aug 21 '15 at 7:33
  • Michael Hampton, only OOB setups: [me@server][~] cat /etc/redhat-release CentOS release 5.11 (Final) [me@server][~] openssl version OpenSSL 1.0.2d 9 Jul 2015 ;) Aug 25 '15 at 13:39
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    @Quanlong homebrew has openssl v1.0.2. Install it then run it with /usr/local/Cellar/openssl/1.0.2d_1/bin/openssl s_client -connect google.com:443 -tls1_2
    – Xiao
    Aug 28 '15 at 2:46
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    It works fine after brew upgrade openssl
    – Quanlong
    Aug 28 '15 at 5:26
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Also you can list all supported ciphers using:

nmap --script ssl-enum-ciphers -p 443 www.example.com

And then check the output. If it's supported you'll get something like this:

|   TLSv1.2: 
|     ciphers: 
|       TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA - strong
|       TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA - strong
|       TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256 - strong
|       TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 - strong
|       TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA - strong
|       TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA384 - strong
|       TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 - strong
|       TLS_ECDHE_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA - strong
|       TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA - strong
|       TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA - strong
|       TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_CBC_SHA256 - strong
|       TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_128_GCM_SHA256 - strong
|       TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA - strong
|       TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_CBC_SHA256 - strong
|       TLS_RSA_WITH_AES_256_GCM_SHA384 - strong
|       TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_MD5 - strong
|       TLS_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA - strong
|     compressors: 
|       NULL
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    Got a really hard time trying to make this third party script work. Wrote mine for people interested : here. Nov 1 '14 at 23:46
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    It worked great for me.
    – colefner
    Jun 14 '17 at 15:51
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    As on date, nmap doesn’t support TLS1.3, so this command will not help if you want to check for TLS1.3 availability on the web server side. Otherwise for upto version 1.2 , this solution is working fine. May 1 '20 at 15:11

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