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Steps for enable live sniffer as a service on Windows

(tested on 8.1 64b, IP

  • Install windows wireshark including winpcap driver
  • Locate winpcap file (c:\Program Files (x86)\WinPcap)
  • In winpcap folder we create config file for 'Remote Packet Capture' service (and set from which IP we will access this service)
rpcapd.exe -s rpcapd.ini -l
press CTRL+C and check existence of file rpcapd.ini
  • edit rpcapd.ini using any text editor and change value of option NullAuthPermit to YES and save a file
notepad rpcapd.ini
  • Start rpcapd service in services
Computer management->services->remote packet capture->start
  • we should check that port 2002/tcp has been opened
  • now we determine windows device on which we want to capture packets
c:\Program Files (x86)\Wireshark>Tshark -D
1.\Device\NPF_{0FF92A37-6568-4767-A301-C0F75B0E3B5F} (VMware Virtual Ethernet Adapter)
2.\Device\NPF_{0F19E8F6-4789-4010-B842-FA65172A9E8A} (Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller)
3.\Device\NPF_{6A56305C-21BB-4C9E-ADC2-1E52CAADDD1F} (Microsoft)
4.\Device\NPF_{EA754A1D-4BFE-422C-82F6-A65C28359CE0} (VMware Virtual Ethernet Adapter)
5.\Device\NPF_{62063D99-FD27-4E2E-8E27-5B154D2AE70C} (Microsoft)
  • copy device of your choice, we use later '\Device\NPF_{0F19E8F6-4789-4010-B842-FA65172A9E8A}'

Steps for enable live capture using rpcap from remote PC

(tested on linux Wheezy, IP

  1. compile libpcap from wireshark
    1. mkdir -p /usr/src/libpcap-1.0.0/
    2. cd /usr/src/
    3. wget
    4. unzip
    5. cp -r /usr/src/winpcap/wpcap/libpcap /usr/src/libpcap-1.0.0/
    6. cd /usr/src/libpcap-1.0.0/
    7. chmod +x configure
    8. ./configure
    9. make; make install
  2. compile old version of tcpdump (this one can use old libpcap used in wireshark)
    1. cd /usr/src
    2. wget
    3. tar -xzf tcpdump-4.0.0.tar.gz
    4. cd /usr/src/tcpdump-4.0.0
    5. ./configure
      in outtext from configure we check for:
      "Checking for local pcap library... ./../libpcap-1.0.0/libpcap.a"
    6. make
    7. ./tcpdump --help
      we need to see:
      "tcpdump version 4.0.0
      libpcap version 1.0.0"
  3. now try to capture from a remote (beware of not working CTRL+c,You can use CTRL+Z and then kill process.)
    Take a notice in doubled backslashes in windows device
    • capture to a console:
      ./tcpdump -i rpcap://\\Device\\NPF_{0F19E8F6-4789-4010-B842-FA65172A9E8A}
    • capture to a file:
      ./tcpdump -s0 -i rpcap://\\Device\\NPF_{0F19E8F6-4789-4010-B842-FA65172A9E8A} -w /tmp/data.pcap
    • capture to stdout without our IP address (rpcap transfering):
      ./tcpdump -q -s0 -U -i rpcap://\\Device\\NPF_{0F19E8F6-4789-4010-B842-FA65172A9E8A} not host -w-
    • capture from remote and passing it to voipmonitor:
      ./tcpdump -q -s0 -U -i rpcap://\\Device\\NPF_{0F19E8F6-4789-4010-B842-FA65172A9E8A} -w- |voipmonitor -r /dev/stdin --config-file=/etc/voipmonitor.conf
  1. To stop running capture use:
ps ax|grep tcpdump
kill -9 <its pid>
  • tcpdump options explanation:
    • s0 - not to cut short captured packets
    • q - not to send statuses of tcpdump to stdout (We want to see only packets from remote)
    • U - packet buffering ( we want only whole packets to be sended to stdout)