The Ethereal package contains a network protocol analyzer, also known as a “sniffer”. This is useful for analyzing data captured “off the wire” from a live network connection, or data read from a capture file. Ethereal provides both GUI and TTY-mode programs for examining captured network packets from over 500 protocols, as well as the capability to read capture files from many other popular network analyzers.
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Estimated build time: 3.78 SBU
libpcap-0.8.3 (required to capture data)
Install Ethereal by running the following commands:
./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc \ --enable-randpkt --enable-threads && make
Now, as the root user:
--enable-randpkt: This parameter builds the random capture program.
--enable-threads: This parameter enables the use of threads in ethereal.
--with-ssl: This parameter enables the use of the OpenSSL libcrypto library.
Though the default configuration parameters are very sane, reference the configuration section of the Ethereal User's Guide for configuration information. Most of Ethereal's configuration can be accomplished using the menu options of the ethereal GUI interface.
The kernel must have the Packet protocol enabled for Ethereal to capture live packets from the network. Enable the Packet protocol by choosing “Y” in the “Device Drivers” – “Networking support” – “Networking options” – “Packet socket” configuration parameter. Alternatively, build the af_packet module by choosing “M” in this parameter.
Note: If you want to look at packets, make sure you don't filter them out with iptables-1.3.1. If you want to exclude certain classes of packets, it is more efficient to do it with iptables than Ethereal.
reads a saved capture file and returns any or all of several statistics about that file. It is able to detect and read any capture supported by the Ethereal package.
is a display-filter-compiler test program.
edits and/or translates the format of capture files. It knows how to read libpcap capture files, including those of tcpdump, Ethereal and other tools that write captures in that format.
is a GUI network protocol analyzer. It lets you interactively browse packet data from a live network or from a previously saved capture file.
takes a user specified CORBA IDL file and generates “C” source code that can be used to create an Ethereal plugin.
combines multiple saved capture files into a single output file.
creates random-packet capture files.
is a TTY-mode network protocol analyzer. It lets you capture packet data from a live network or read packets from a previously saved capture file.
reads in an ASCII hex dump and writes the data described into a libpcap-style capture file.
contains functions used by the Ethereal programs to perform filtering and packet capturing.
is a library being developed as a future replacement for libpcap, the current standard Unix library for packet capturing. For more information, see the README file in the source wiretap directory.
Last updated on 2005-01-27 16:19:30 -0700