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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

Remote capture setup

In this section, we'll take a look at the prerequisites for using remote capture, specifically with WinPcap, which is a Windows port of the libpcap library and the configuration of remote packet capture on the remote device.


The first prerequisite is to install the pcap libraries. I'm using a Windows computer here as our test machine, so I'll install the WinPcap libraries, which are a Windows port of the libpcap libraries originally written for Linux. So what I'll do is go to and download the WinPcap libraries. Once it finishes downloading, I'll go ahead and just click on Next with the installer, and there's no need to customize anything there.


The WinPcap libraries that are installed also come with Wireshark when you download Wireshark as a bundle. And so if you already have Wireshark installed on a system, most likely you already have pcap installed as well.

The next step is to set up a local administrator account which is going...