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Sniff HTTP traffic on iOS

On my way to reverse engineer the api’s of a particular app, I stumbled upon a problem on how to sniff network traffic. The obvious choice was either to jailbreak or run a proxy server and use Charls Proxy to sniff. The later is a good solution, if if I wanted to inspect HTTPS.

Since I was only interested in HTTP Headers, I found the ideal solution - Remote Virtual Interface Tool or rvictl which remotely captures packets from any connected mobile device (read iOS devices)

Steps to use rvictl

  1. Start rvictl
 rvictl -s <UDID>
 rvictl -s c3562752e8858dd3d93616014ca2536f
  1. run tcpdump
 $ tcpdump -n -t -i rvi0 -q -A tcp	
* -q = quiet mode
* -A = output tcp packet
  1. Stop rvictl
 rvictl -x <UDID>


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