I ran into this a few weeks ago and I thought it was just so silly I had to post it. If you telnet to an SSL/TLS enabled port and type in “GET / HTTP/1.0″ and hit enter it immediately responds with this rather poorly thought out error message:
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//IETF//DTD HTML 2.0//EN">
<title>400 Bad Request</title>
<p>Your browser sent a request that this server could not understand.<br />
Reason: You're speaking plain HTTP to an SSL-enabled server port.<br />
Instead use the HTTPS scheme to access this URL, please.<br />
The irony is that it’s saying that it doesn’t know what I’m saying, even though it clearly does know what I’m saying since it tells me what I’m doing wrong. Pretty stupid error messaging and pretty easy to use to fingerprint the web server. Just thought it was funny enough to pass along.