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WebUI responds to https but manual makes no mention of this


Owen Smith

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I was going to install stunnel as documented in various places to get https access to the webui. But then on a whim I tried https://<ipaddress>:8080/gui/ and it responded, albeit with a certificate from BitTorrent inc. IE8 said the certificate was out of date and was for the wrong web site (both true) but when I accepted it anyway I was able to login to my webui apparently encrypted. Same from my iPad, no problem logging in with https once I had accepted the invalid certificate.

I have uTorrent 3.2.3 running on Windows Home Server V1. Is this supposed to work? Is it supported functionality and if so why isn't it in the manual? And is the traffic really encrypted?

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I have uTorrent 3.2.3

No longer supported.

It's not supported functionality.

OK but what does it do? And in what future uTorrent release might it disappear?

Personally I think it's a big omission that uTorrent webui doesn't have supported builtin https support. Installing stunnel or similar is such a pain which is why I haven't got around to it.

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http://forum.utorrent.com/viewtopic.php?pid=721470#p721470 read the penultimate item.

https: is simply a communication protocol and if the requested URL responds to https: requests and there is a certificate available, whether it is self-signed, undated, out of date, from a different provider etc. etc. the communication WILL be encrypted, just like ANY OTHER website or mail server (TLS/SSL) does.

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http://forum.utorrent.com/viewtopic.php?pid=721470#p721470 read the penultimate item.

https: is simply a communication protocol and if the requested URL responds to https: requests and there is a certificate available, whether it is self-signed, undated, out of date, from a different provider etc. etc. the communication WILL be encrypted, just like ANY OTHER website or mail server (TLS/SSL) does.

I can't see anything in the thread you have pointed to which is relevant to this question.

Thankyou for replying to my actual question. I thought the traffic would be encrypted but wanted to double check, and also find out why the manual says nothing about this feature.

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I can't see anything in the thread you have pointed to which is relevant to this question.

Did you read the line that says;

Please do not post or ask for older versions of uTorrent. We will only troubleshoot current versions of the software.
???
find out why the manual says nothing about this feature.
Because it is NOT officially sanctioned, recommended or supported by uTorrent or this forum, so for any problems that you may encounter whilst using the WebUI over HTTPS: Your query will NOT be answered here. As, while it will work, quite probably with no issues at all, you are on your own with it if there are.
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Wow, this is one of the prickliest forums I've ever been on (I've seen some very terse replies to perfectly sensible questions in other threads).

I realise that uTorrent 3.2.3 is not current but it is only one version behind, it's not like I'm asking about some ancient release. And OK so the https webui is an unsupported feature, but on other forums I'm on people happily describe what unsupported features do and then say "by the way, this is unsupported so it may go away at any time". I'm thinking particularly of the Squeezebox forums, where you're quite likely to get answers about software from 8 releases ago without any complaints. While that may be going above and beyond the call of duty, the friendly atmosphere over there is nice and you can almost always get an answer. Given the attitudes I see across many posts here I suspect I won't be on this forum much.

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I realise that uTorrent 3.2.3 is not current but it is only one version behind

Two actually. And one version behind is not supported anyway.

I'm thinking particularly of the Squeezebox forums, where you're quite likely to get answers about software from 8 releases ago without any complaints.

Does it say squeezebox at the top of the page? Didn't think so.

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