Sunday, 30 August 2009

ChaosReader

Where: http://sourceforge.net/projects/chaosreader/files/

What: Chaosreader is an "any-snarf" program that is designed to "fetch telnet sessions, FTP files, HTTP transfers (HTML, GIF, JPEG, ...), SMTP emails, ... from the captured data inside network traffic logs".

Use can be as simple as specifying a pcap format file as can be seen in the example below.
At this stage the script will create a web page linking all of the network traffic.
Where there is datya of interest, you can click through and see the details of the packet or session.
All of these features are available in tools such as Ethereal, but with a far greater footprint. Chaosreader allows you to create a simple summary of the activity in a network capture without going to the same level as a high end protocol analyser.

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