Instant Wireshark Starter [Instant]

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Learn in an Instant - Short, Fast, Focused
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  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results.
  • Documents key features and tasks that can be performed using Wireshark
  • Covers details of filters, statistical analysis, and other important tasks
  • Also includes advanced topics like decoding captured data, name resolution, and reassembling

Book Details

Language : English
eBook : 68 pages
Release Date : January 2013
ISBN : 1849695644
ISBN 13 : 9781849695640
Author(s) : Abhinav Singh
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Instant, Networking and Servers, Networking & Telephony, Open Source

Table of Contents

Instant Wireshark Starter
  • Instant Wireshark Starter
    • So, what is Wireshark?
      • How does Wireshark work?
    • Installation
      • Step 1 – what do I need?
      • Step 2 – downloading Wireshark
      • Step 3 - installing Wireshark
      • And that's it!
      • Building Wireshark from source
        • Step 1 – getting the source files
        • Step 2 – unpacking
        • Step 3 – building
        • Step 4 – installing
        • And that's it!
      • Installing Wireshark on Unix through binaries
      • Installing from RPM
        • Installing from DEB
      • Setting up the subversion client
        • Step 1 – creating the directory
        • Step 2 – setting the subversion path
        • Step 3 – checkout
    • Quick start – your first packet capture
      • Getting started with network interface selection
      • A quick look at the Wireshark GUI
      • Wireshark GUI panels
      • Capture panel
      • Packet details panel
      • Packet bytes panel
      • Setting up filters
      • Working with the Filter Expression dialog box
      • Capturing live data
      • Understanding the Wireshark coloring scheme
      • Working with captured packets
      • Searching for packets
      • Marking packets
      • Saving captured data
      • Exporting and merging packets
      • Printing packets
      • Input/Output graph window
        • Graphs
        • Filter
        • Style
        • Graph co-ordinates
      • Copying and saving
      • File input/output
        • Opening captured packets
        • Wireshark file formats
      • Expert Infos
      • Using preferences
    • Top 5 features you need to know about
      • Working with packet streams
      • Decoding packets and exporting objects
      • Statistics of the captured packets
        • Summary
        • Protocol Hierarchy
        • Conversations
        • Endpoints
        • Flow graph
      • Name resolution and packet reassembling
        • Name resolution
        • Packet reassembling
      • Wireshark command-line tools
        • Tshark – terminal Wireshark
        • Rawshark – dumping and analyzing the traffic
        • editcap
        • mergecap
        • text2pcap
    • Wireshark activity
    • People and places you should get to know
      • Official sites
      • Articles and tutorials
      • Community
      • Blogs
      • Twitter

Abhinav Singh

Abhinav Singh is a young Information Security specialist from India. He has a keen interest in the field of hacking and network security and has adopted it as his full-time profession. He is also the author of Metasploit Penetration Testing Cookbook, Packt Publishing. He is an active contributor to the SecurityXploded community. Abhinav's works have been quoted in several security and technology magazines and portals.
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What you will learn from this book

  • Learn how to effectively utilize Wireshark
  • Capture and decode data packets
  • Understand protocol representation in Wireshark alongside statistical analysis
  • Implement display and capture filters
  • Import and export capture files

In Detail

Wireshark is by far the most popular network traffic analyzing tool.

It not only provides an interface for traffic capture but also provides a rich platform for an in-depth analysis of the traffic. The GUI provides a very user friendly and interactive media that simplifies the process of network forensics. This concise book provides a perfect start to getting hands-on with packet analysis using Wireshark.

Instant Wireshark Starter is the perfect guide for new learners who are willing to dive into the world of computer networks. Walking you through from the very start, it transitions smoothly to cover core topics like filters, decoding packets, command line tools, and more. It covers every inch of Wireshark in a concise and comprehensive manner.

Instant Wireshark Starter has been designed keeping basic learners in mind. After initial setup, the book leads you through your first packet capture followed by some core topics like analyzing the captured traffic and understanding filters.

You will then be guided through more detailed topics like the decoding of captured packets, generating graphs based on statistics, and name resolution. Finally the book concludes by providing information about further references and official sources to learn more about the tool.


Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks. Written as a practical guide, Wireshark Starter will show you all you need to know to effectively capture and analyze network traffic.

Who this book is for

This book is specially designed for new learners who are willing to dive deeper into network analysis using Wireshark. It requires a basic understanding of network protocols and their implementation and is equally handy for network administrators, forensic experts, and network penetration testers.

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