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Mastering Wireshark 2

By : Andrew Crouthamel
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Mastering Wireshark 2

By: Andrew Crouthamel

Overview of this book

Wireshark, a combination of a Linux distro (Kali) and an open source security framework (Metasploit), is a popular and powerful tool. Wireshark is mainly used to analyze the bits and bytes that flow through a network. It efficiently deals with the second to the seventh layer of network protocols, and the analysis made is presented in a form that can be easily read by people. Mastering Wireshark 2 helps you gain expertise in securing your network. We start with installing and setting up Wireshark2.0, and then explore its interface in order to understand all of its functionalities. As you progress through the chapters, you will discover different ways to create, use, capture, and display filters. By halfway through the book, you will have mastered Wireshark features, analyzed different layers of the network protocol, and searched for anomalies. You’ll learn about plugins and APIs in depth. Finally, the book focuses on pocket analysis for security tasks, command-line utilities, and tools that manage trace files. By the end of the book, you'll have learned how to use Wireshark for network security analysis and configured it for troubleshooting purposes.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
Packt Upsell
Free Chapter
Installing Wireshark 2

What's new in Wireshark 2?

There's a new version of Wireshark out—a new major version that has many interesting features. Here, you can see the new Qt GUI:

It looks very similar to the Legacy GTK GUI, with few minor tweaks. The main menu bar here has had some icons changed and removed; the general interface is a little bit cleaner. All the general functionality, though, is all the same. Capture options are on the upper left-hand side and they are denoted by a gear icon. When you click on the gear icon, you have multiple tabs for Input options, Output options, and general Options:

When you click on Edit | Preferences..., you can see the preferences window, as shown in the following screenshot. Options such as Show up to makes it easy to navigate and view what you need to see:

As shown in the following screenshot, on the left-hand side, you can see the related packets diagram show up, based on what you select. So if you select different packets, this will change in size and shape; and what might...