On this page. Everytime you open a webpage on your computer, data packets are sent and received on your network interface. Sometimes, analyzing these packets becomes important for many reasons. Thankfully, Linux offers a command line utility that dumps information related to these data packets in output.
2 Responses to How to show mac addresses in TCPdump. Alex 11 October 2017 at 09:21. Thank you, man. I was lazy enough to scour TCPDUMP(8) – and you gave a short and useful answer (with example). Brian Achenbaugh 23 January 2018 at 18:41. Very helpful. Thank you for providing this info. The documentation, and tcpdump itself, were written in a simpler era, before we had link layers where there's a reason to have a lot of metadata (such as 802.11 and the metadata for layers below the MAC layer) and mechanisms for providing other sorts of metadata (such as PKTAP provides).
In this article, we will discuss the basics of the tool in question - tcpdump. But before we do that, it's worth mentioning that all examples here have been tested on an Ubuntu 18.04 LTS machine. Linux tcpdump command The tcpdump command in Linux lets you dump traffic on a network. Following is its syntax in short: tcpdump OPTIONS Here's the detailed syntax: tcpdump -AbdDefhHIJKlLnNOpqStuUvxX# -B buffersize -c count -C filesize -G rotateseconds -F file -i interface -j tstamptype -m module -M secret -number -Q in out inout -r file -V file -s snaplen -T type -w file -W filecount -E algo:secret.
-y datalinktype -z postrotate-command -Z user -time-stamp-precision=tstampprecision -immediate-mode -version expression. And here's how the tool's man page explains it: Tcpdump prints out a description of the contents of packets on a network interface that match the boolean expression; the description is preceded by a time stamp, printed, by default, as hours, minutes, seconds, and fractions of a second since midnight. It can also be run with the -w flag, which causes it to save the packet data to a file for later analysis, and/or with the -r flag, which causes it to read from a saved packet file rather than to read packets from a network interface. It can also be run with the -V flag, which causes it to read a list of saved packet files.
In all cases, only packets that match expression will be processed by tcpdump. Following are some Q&A styled examples that should give you a better idea on how the tcpdump command works. How to use tcpdump? Before using tcpdump to sniff data packets, you should ideally know which network interface you want the tool to work on. For a list of network interfaces available on the system, use the -D command line option with tcpdump. Tcpdump -D Here's how the man page explains this option: Print the list of the network interfaces available on the system and on which tcpdump can capture packets.
For each network interface, a number and an interface name, possibly followed by a text description of the interface, is printed. The interface name or the number can be supplied to the -i flag to specify an interface on which to capture. This can be useful on systems that don't have a command to list them (e.g., Windows systems, or UNIX systems lacking ifconfig -a); the number can be useful on Windows 2000 and later systems, where the interface name is a somewhat complex string. The -D flag will not be supported if tcpdump was built with an older version of libpcap that lacks the pcapfindalldevs function. For example, in my case, the following output was produced: 1.wlx18a6f713679b Up, Running 2.any (Pseudo-device that captures on all interfaces) Up, Running 3.lo Up, Running, Loopback 4.enp3s0 Up 5.nflog (Linux netfilter log (NFLOG) interface) 6.nfqueue (Linux netfilter queue (NFQUEUE) interface) 7.usbmon1 (USB bus number 1) 8.usbmon2 (USB bus number 2) 9.usbmon3 (USB bus number 3) 10.usbmon4 (USB bus number 4) Now that you have a list of interfaces, you can choose one, and pass its name as input to the -i command line option of tcpdump. For example: tcpdump -i wlx18a6f713679b Following is a part of output produced by this command in my case: tcpdump: verbose output suppressed, use -v or -vv for full protocol decode listening on wlx18a6f713679b, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 262144 bytes 11:64 IP 192.168.2.132.52898 220.127.116.11.3702: UDP, length 656 11:92 IP himanshu.57383 one.one.one.one.domain: 8572+ 1au PTR? (57) 11:88 IP 192.168.2.140.49690 18.104.22.168.1900: UDP, length 174 11:54 IP 192.168.2.147.mdns 22.214.171.124.mdns: 1 2q PTR (QU)?
(94) 11:20 IP one.one.one.one.domain himanshu.57383: 8572 NXDomain 0/1/1 (114) 11:50 IP himanshu.34201 one.one.one.one.domain: 12068+ 1au PTR? (55) 11:91 IP one.one.one.one.domain himanshu.34201: 12068 NXDomain. 0/1/2 (278) 11:95 IP himanshu.55501 one.one.one.one.domain: 31630+ 1au PTR? (49) 11:03 IP himanshu.57253 one.one.one.one.domain: 16905+ 1au PTR?
(55) 11:26 IP himanshu.52662 one.one.one.one.domain: 52377+ 1au PTR? (53) 11:31 IP 192.168.2.140.49690 126.96.36.199.1900: UDP, length 174 11:05 IP 192.168.2.147.mdns 188.8.131.52.mdns: 2 2q PTR (QM)? (94) 11:30 IP6 fe80::eccc:59f2:fc78:9e07.52899 ff02::c.3702: UDP, length 656 11:17 IP himanshu.33194 one.one.one.one.domain: 15679+ 1au PTR? (101) 11:86 IP one.one.one.one.domain himanshu.33194: 15679 NXDomain 0/1/1 (165) 11:29 IP 192.168.2.11.mdns 184.108.40.206.mdns: 0.- 0q 1/0/3 PTR Google-Home-Mini-e3a3ae72a03e3d1c60dca6.googlecast.tcp.local.
How to make tcpdump exit after receiving set number of packets? This can be achieved using the -c command line option. For example, if you want tcpdump to only display information related to 10 packets, then you can do that in the following way: tcpdump -c 10 For example, in my case, I executed the following command: tcpdump -c 10 -i wlx18a6f713679b Following is the output that was produced: So you can see 10 packets were captured.
How to make tcpdump display link-level header in output? This can be done using the -e command line option. For example: tcpdump -e -i wlx18a6f713679b And here's the output produced: listening on wlx18a6f713679b, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 262144 bytes 12:96 3c:a8:2a:a7:7b:c1 (oui Unknown) Broadcast, ethertype IPv4 (0x0800), length 197: 192.168.2.55.17500 255.255.255.255.17500: UDP, length 155 12:11 3c:a8:2a:a7:7b:c1 (oui Unknown) Broadcast, ethertype IPv4 (0x0800), length 197: 192.168.2.55.17500 192.168.2.255.17500: UDP, length 155.
So you can see that link level headers were produced in the output. How to make tcpdump display foreign IP addresses numerically? This can be achieved using the -f command line option. Tcpdump -f -i INTERFACE Making tcpdump display `foreign' IPv4 addresses numerically rather than symbolically has its advantages in certain situations. One such example is mentioned in the tool's man page: this option is intended to get around serious brain damage in Sun's NIS server — usually it hangs forever translating non-local internet numbers Q5.
How to make tcpdump produce packet numbers in output? To make tcpdump produce packet numbers in output, use the -number command line option. For example, I executed the following command: tcpdump -number -i wlx18a6f713679b And here's part of the output that was produced: listening on wlx18a6f713679b, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 262144 bytes 1 12:44 ARP, Request who-has 192.168.2.196 tell gateway, length 46 2 12:65 IP6 fe80::8ab4:a6ff:fe9d:a6bb ff02::16: HBH ICMP6, multicast listener report v2, 1 group record(s), length 28 3 12:78 IP6 fe80::8ab4:a6ff:fe9d:a6bb ip6-allrouters: ICMP6, router solicitation, length 16 4 12:61 ARP, Request who-has 192.168.2.15 tell 192.168.2.170, length 28. So you can see each line now begins with a number.
How to make tcpdump print shorter output? This can be done using the -q command line option. Here's how the tool's man page explains it: Quick (quiet?) output. Print less protocol information so output lines are shorter.
Following is an example of this option: So you can see less information was produced in output this time. How to omit timestamp info from tcpdump output?
Use the -t command line option for this. Here's an example command: tcpdump -t -i wlx18a6f713679b And following is its output: listening on wlx18a6f713679b, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 262144 bytes IP himanshu.56992 mails11.telegram.org.https: Flags., ack, win 965, options nop,nop,TS val 226976758 ecr , length 0 IP himanshu.41122 one.one.one.one.domain: 12755+ 1au PTR? (56) IP mails11.telegram.org.https himanshu.56824: Flags., ack 273652159, win 1001, options nop,nop,TS val ecr 226966324, length 0 ARP, Request who-has 192.168.2.48 tell gateway, length 46 ARP, Request who-has 192.168.2.135 tell gateway, length 46. So you can see timestamp information (which is generally in the beginning of each line) isn't present in output now. How to make tcpdump produce detailed output? You can use the -v command line option in this case.
Following is how the tool's man page explains this option: tcpdump -v -i INTERFACE When parsing and printing, produce (slightly more) verbose output. For example, the time to live, identification, total length and options in an IP packet are printed. Also enables additional packet integrity checks such as verifying the IP and ICMP header checksum. When writing to a file with the -w option, report, every 10 seconds, the number of packets captured Conclusion We've just scratched the surface here as the tcpdump command offers a lot of command line options. Once you are done practicing these, you can head to the tool's to learn more about it. About Himanshu Arora Himanshu Arora has been working on Linux since 2007.
He carries professional experience in system level programming, networking protocols, and command line. In addition to HowtoForge, Himanshu's work has also been featured in some of world's other leading publications including Computerworld, IBM DeveloperWorks, and Linux Journal.
Why do you need to specify src after ether? The ether in ether src XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX means 'this is an Ethernet address', so to look only at the source address you need to specify 'src', but the ether in ether6:2 says 'this is part of the Ethernet header', and bytes 6 and 7 of the Ethernet header are the first two bytes of the source address and byte 8 is the third byte of the source address, so the 6:2 and 8:1 specify that you're testing the source address.
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