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Packet Analysis. This section will focus on peaking into the packets to extract the information (which is what we wanted to begin with). First off we must arm. Programming with Libpcap: a PCAP Tutorial. by Tim Carstens (Email: timcarst at yahoo dot com). Ok, lets begin by defining who this document is written for. This tutorial will show how to use libpcap to transcribe packets from one data source to another (in a fashion similar to the effect of tcpreplay).

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Look at this psuedo-code. The first argument is our session handler.

Using libpcap in C

Here are the structures:. You should always use the ,ibpcap function to ensure that your sizes are accurate. It finds the first packet to come across port 23 telnet and tells the user the size of the packet in bytes.

Later on we’ll also look at lbpcap an existing pcap file instead of capturing live. The second argument is an int which is the number of packets you want to capture. We test the various return values see the man page for an explanation, particularly the difference between -1, -2, and 0.


A note about promiscuous vs. I lied — we actually need a third data structure: If this is not the case, then the basics are still relevant, but the code presented later on involving decoding the Ethernet header obviously isn’t: The only lkbpcap lower than ethernet is the physical medium that the data uses, like a copper wire, fiber optics, or radio signals.

This program preps the sniffer to sniff all traffic coming from or going to port 23, in promiscuous mode, on the device rl0. Ethernet is considered the second layer in OSI’s model. You have learned the basic concepts behind opening a pcap session, learning general attributes about it, sniffing packets, applying filters, and using callbacks. Now it is time to actually capture some packets.

Callback functions are not anything new, and are very common in many API’s. If this function returns 0, it means that the data source has no more packets to deliver; in the case of a PCAP dump file, we have reached the EOF.

The next step is to use the device to actually capture packets. This is a slightly modified and extended version of my older pcap tutorial. The two techniques are very different in style. Thankfully, the PCAP format saves timing information, and libpcap provides it to the registered packet callback handler inside the ‘header’ structure. That means the first 54 bytes are the header layers, and the rest is actual data.


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Lastly, ebuf is a string we can store any error messages within as we did above with errbuf. Navigation Main Page Recent changes Help. Lets examine tuorial in more detail. The first 14 bytes are the ethernet header.

The function I am utilizing is a callback function. Because we use the data type FILE, our header file will need to include the stdio.

The syntax is documented quite well in the man page for tutlrial I leave you to read it on your own. Retrieved from ” http: Right now, these are pre-determined, pre-formulated packet flows.

On Linux, eth0 denotes the first Ethernet card in your computer.

Before applying our filter, we must “compile” it. No, seriously, man, you can man man to get info about the man pages.