Capturing Wireless on Windows was always problematic, because other than on Linux or Mac it wasn’t possible to activate Monitor mode on the WiFi cards to capture the radio layer. All you could do was capture packets on your WiFi card from the Ethernet layer and up. That’s unless you spent money on the now discontinued AirPCAP USB adapters. But now there is a silver lining on the horizon in the form of the npcap library.
Cisco Live happened in Barcelona end of January, and as usual I am a little late with my blog posts about it. Like the last two years I was invited to join the group of technology experts for Tech Field Day Extra, with various presentations covering a number of new and improved Cisco technologies as well as some Cisco partner products.
Every once in a while there is some news about Wireshark being vulnerable to being attacked/exploited/pwned, meaning that there is a way to craft frames/packets in a pcap/pcapng file to make Wireshark crash and (if done right) execute malicious code. So let’s take a look at what that means and what can be done about it.
Every once in a while I check the blog statistics for the searches that have brought visitors here. Most of them are more or less concealed versions of “how can I grab the password of others/my ex partner/my children/friends”, which comes as no surprise. Today I saw one search expression that I used as inspiration for this post: “Good Wireshark columns to have”. So let’s talk about them.
Sometimes it also happens during network troubleshooting engagements, but it is also common for analysis jobs regarding network forensics: dealing with huge number of packets, sometimes millions or more. Two typical situations may have you scratch your head: either you have one huge file containing all packets at once, or you have a ton of small files that you need to look at. So let’s see how we can still tackle both.