Tutorials/Tutorial: Packets don't lie: how can you use tcpdump/tshark (wireshark) to prove your point.

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Please note that this is a tutorial, not a talk. You should have tcpdump and wireshark INSTALLED and do some captures BEFORE you come to the tutorial. To find wireshark packages do something like this:

pacman -Ss wireshark tcpdump
apt-cache search wireshark tcpdump
yum search wireshark tcpdump

Please install both GUI and CLI packages.

Please add the user you are going to run wireshark/tshark as to the 'wireshark' user group.

gpasswd -a james wireshark

After this user 'james' will need to log out and log in again!

If that still DOESN'T work, you might want to add a capability. Do it ONLY if you are still unable to do capture.

setcap cap_net_raw,cap_net_admin=eip /usr/bin/dumpcap

When finished, have a look around at what files came with the package:

tcpdump --version
tshark --version

List binaries that came with the packge (example is for archlinux, for rmp-like do 'rpm -ql wireshark', for debian 'dpkg -L wireshark')

pacman -Ql wireshark-cli|grep bin
wireshark-cli /usr/bin/androiddump
wireshark-cli /usr/bin/capinfos
wireshark-cli /usr/bin/captype        #same as 'capinfos -t'
wireshark-cli /usr/bin/dftest         #display filter byte-code for debugging
wireshark-cli /usr/bin/dumpcap        #can write files
wireshark-cli /usr/bin/editcap        #snaplenth, or split into multiple based on time, number of packets, adjust time
wireshark-cli /usr/bin/idl2wrs
wireshark-cli /usr/bin/mergecap
wireshark-cli /usr/bin/randpkt        #creates a legitimate EthernetII packet with the given Type field set
wireshark-cli /usr/bin/rawshark       #cannot write files, only to standard output
wireshark-cli /usr/bin/reordercap     #part of the functionality of the editcap
wireshark-cli /usr/bin/text2pcap      #hexdump -> pcap
wireshark-cli /usr/bin/tshark
wireshark-cli /usr/include/wireshark/epan/dissectors/packet-ypbind.h
wireshark-cli /usr/share/wireshark/radius/dictionary.bintec


browsing exercise

  1. start capturing
  2. navigate your browser to linux.conf.au
  3. navigate your browser to google.com
  4. navigate your browser to xxxxxxx (your choice)

have a look at the capture files that you generated

capinfos -T *.pcap{,ng}

capture interfaces

tcpdump -D
tshark -D
# try with no interface

expert info


       lower bottom corner
               expert info
               file name
               packets, etc
       statistics -> protocol hierarchy
       statistics -> HTTP -> packet counter
       statistics -> HTTP -> requests
       extract objects
       follow TCP stream
       coloring rules
       Statistics -> IPv4 Statistics ->  Destinations and  Ports


! tshark -q -z ptype,tree
! tshark -q -z io,stat,20,eth -q
! tshark -q -z io,stat,20,http -q
! tshark -q -z io,stat,20,,"BYTES()http" -q
! tshark -q -z http,tree
! tshark -q -z http_req,tree
! tshark -q -z http_srv,tree
create a capture file for icmp
! tshark -q -z icmp,srt
! tshark -q -z io,phs
! tshark -q -z io,stat
! tshark -q -z ip_hosts,tree
! tshark -q -z plen,tree
! tshark -q -z endpoints,eth
! tshark -q -z endpoints,eth,
! tshark -q -z endpoints,ip
! tshark -q -z conv,eth
! tshark -q -z conv,udp
! tshark -q -z conv,tcp
! tshark -q -z conv
! tshark -q -z expert,error -q
! tshark -q -z expert,note -q