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Wireshark & Ethereal Network Protocol Analyzer Toolkit (Jay Beale's Open Source Security)
Ethereal is the #2 most popular open source security tool used by system administrators and security professionals. This all new book builds on the success of Syngress' best-selling book Ethereal Packet Sniffing.
This book provides complete information and step-by-step Instructions for analyzing protocols and network traffic on Windows, Unix or Mac OS X networks. First, readers will learn about the types of sniffers available today and see the benefits of using Ethereal. Readers will then learn to install Ethereal in multiple environments including Windows, Unix and Mac OS X as well as building Ethereal from source and will also be guided through Ethereal's graphical user interface. The following sections will teach readers to use command-line options of Ethereal as well as using Tethereal to capture live packets from the wire or to read saved capture files. This section also details how to import and export files between Ethereal and WinDump, Snort, Snoop, Microsoft Network Monitor, and EtherPeek. The book then teaches the reader to master advanced tasks such as creating sub-trees, displaying bitfields in a graphical view, tracking requests and reply packet pairs as well as exclusive coverage of MATE, Ethereal's brand new configurable upper level analysis engine. The final section to the book teaches readers to enable Ethereal to read new Data sources, program their own protocol dissectors, and to create and customize Ethereal reports.
Ethereal is the #2 most popular open source security tool, according to a recent study conducted by insecure.org
Syngress' first Ethereal book has consistently been one of the best selling security books for the past 2 years
The companion Web site for the book provides readers with dozens of open source security tools and working scripts
An updated version of Ethereal Packet Sniffing
By jose_monkey_org "jose_monkey_org"
- December 6, 2006
For the most part this book is an updated version of Ethereal Packet Sniffing. The title has been changed to more accurately reflect that it's about using Wireshark and not so much about analyzing traffic (although that's covered some), and also to denote that the project changed the name of the software recently. That said, it's an improvement over Ethereal Packet Sniffing with some new material and some reorganization.
Chapter 1 is an intro to network analysis, specifically with packet sniffing. It's very cursory, and they could do a better job of teaching this subject, but honestly that's a whole book unto itself and years of practice. The chapter is reasonably comprehensive and accurate.
Chapter 2 introduces Wireshark and how to begin using it. This chapter is very short given what it says it will cover, but most of that is brought up in the following chapters. There's a brief bit about Wireshark security, but again it's too cursory (2 paragraphs for a... read more
Not that much of an update from the first edition
By Richard Bejtlich "TaoSecurity"
- March 9, 2007
Despite the new title, Wireshark & Ethereal Protocol Analyzer Toolkit (WEPAT) is a second edition of Ethereal Packet Sniffing (EPS). I reviewed that book almost three years ago, in May 2004. WEPAT has replaced all of the earlier screen captures with Wireshark replacements. Unfortunately, WEPAT is largely a repeat of EPS, really only featuring a new wireless chapter. If you own EPS, you don't need to upgrade. If you don't own EPS but want to learn how to use Wireshark, I recommend buying WEPAT.
One new feature of WEPAT that helped me in production work was the coverage of Tshark statistics in ch 9. I used the advice for displaying top destinations to help me better understand traffic distribution in an unfamiliar network. I also liked the new wireless section, Ch 6, especially the coverage of protocols. The tip that packet details could be launched in a new window via View -> Show Packet in New Window was also cool. I liked the regex summary in Ch 5. I thought it... read more
At least they didnt say complete reference or definitive guide in the title
By D. Seholm "Seeds"
- October 13, 2008
A good fourth of this book is spent telling you what a sniffer is... the rest of the book is pretty much just as useful, I think I found maybe a dozen snippets of useful information, wireshark is an excellent tool, especially for its ease in wireless settings, but this book is next to worthless, you can get most of what is in here from reading about nmap at [...], that is another sniffer, a much more powerful sniffer at that, but it does lack some wireshark functionality, and is unreliable for wireless captures. I gave this book 3 stars only because of its wireless chapter, I had quite a few questions about wireless sniffing and this books one chapter on it managed to answer a good many of them. On the plus side, this is a very easy to read book, and goes by very quick, mostly because it is just fluff and nonsense that anyone who even knows what a sniffer is would already know.
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