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How to Use Wireshark to Capture, Filter and Inspect Packets

How to Use Wireshark to Capture, Filter and Inspect Packets
Wireshark, a network analysis tool formerly known as Ethereal, captures packets in real time and display them in human-readable format. Wireshark includes filters, color-coding and other features that let you dig deep into network traffic and inspect individual packets. This tutorial will get you up to speed with the basics of capturing packets, filtering them, and inspecting them. Getting Wireshark You can download Wireshark for Windows or Mac OS X from its official website. Just a quick warning: Many organizations don’t allow Wireshark and similar tools on their networks. Capturing Packets After downloading and installing Wireshark, you can launch it and click the name of an interface under Interface List to start capturing packets on that interface. As soon as you click the interface’s name, you’ll see the packets start to appear in real time. Click the stop capture button near the top left corner of the window when you want to stop capturing traffic. Color Coding Sample Captures

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5 Killer Tricks to Get the Most Out of Wireshark Wireshark has quite a few tricks up its sleeve, from capturing remote traffic to creating firewall rules based on captured packets. Read on for some more advanced tips if you want to use Wireshark like a pro. We’ve already covered basic usage of Wireshark, so be sure to read our original article for an introduction to this powerful network analysis tool. Network Name Resolution While capturing packets, you might be annoyed that Wireshark only displays IP addresses. Wireshark can automatically resolve these IP address to domain names, although this feature isn’t enabled by default. You can enable this setting by opening the preferences window from Edit -> Preferences, clicking the Name Resolution panel and clicking the “Enable Network Name Resolution” check box. Start Capturing Automatically You can create a special shortcut using Wirshark’s command-line arguments if you want to start capturing packets without delay. wireshark -i # -k Capturing Traffic From Remote Computers

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Wireshark tutorial: How to sniff network traffic In this Wireshark tutorial, Mike Chapple explains how to sniff network traffic and how to learn if your enterprise's... By submitting your personal information, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant products and special offers from TechTarget and its partners. You also agree that your personal information may be transferred and processed in the United States, and that you have read and agree to the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy. network security is lacking. Wireshark, formerly known as Ethereal, is one of the most powerful tools in a network security analyst's toolkit. How to sniff network traffic and why sniff the network? The phrase "sniff the network" may conjure Orwellian visions of a Big Brother network administrator reading people's private email messages. However, as a security professional, there are two important reasons to sniff network traffic. Wireshark how-to: Installing Wireshark Installing Wireshark is a piece of cake. Running a simple packet capture

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