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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


In this chapter, you've learned a number of skills in Wireshark, including what's new in Wireshark 2, and there are some features from 1.8 that I mentioned, namely, how to capture traffic on a local Wireshark installation; how to get the packets to your Wireshark installation through different means, such as SPAN ports; saving and exporting these packets in different ways; annotating or adding comments to the packet captures and individual packets, and printing them, or selections of them; and lastly, setting up the remote packet capture with WinPcap on a remote Windows system, and using that packet capture from the remote system to a local Wireshark installation.

In Chapter 3Filtering Traffic, we'll go over the various ways of filtering traffic, both with the capture filters, as well as display filters, and also look at additional ways of filtering things.