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The following book was reviewed by Vihang Jani, a Safari Books Online subscriber:

  

   Title: Jay Beale’s Open Source Security Series: Wireshark & Ethereal Network Protocol Analyzer Toolkit

By: Angela Orebaugh; Gilbert Ramirez; Jay Beale

Publisher: Syngress

Print ISBN-10: 1-59749-073-3

Here’s an overview of the book:

“Ethereal Network Protocol Analyzer Toolkit provides the reader with a completely integrated book and companion Web site to analyze network traffic using Ethereal, the world’s most popular network protocol analyzer on Windows, Unix, and Apple OS X. This book covers everything from the fundamentals of protocol analysis, to analyzing real world malicious code to programming advanced protocol dissectors. The companion Web site for the book offers dozens of working tools and scripts created for this book. 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.”

 Here is the review by Vihang Jani:

“This book touches wireshark for beginners as well as advanced users. Chapter 1 gives details of Introduction to network analysis Chapter 2 goes over installation details. Above two covers very basic aspects of network analysis Chapter 8 goes into the details of actual dissector development of wireshark tool. Chapter 9 gives other tools useful to advanced users of wireshark (TShark, editcap, mergecap, text2pcap, capinfos, dumpcap) One can find these details online but this book provides all in one place material. There are good references mentioned all over the book. Would recommend using this book to all levels of wireshark users. This book touches wireshark for beginners as well as advanced users. Chapter 1 gives details of Introduction to network analysis Chapter 2 goes over installation details. Above two covers very basic aspects of network analysis Chapter 8 goes into the details of actual dissector development of wireshark tool. Chapter 9 gives other tools useful to advanced users of wireshark (TShark, editcap, mergecap, text2pcap, capinfos, dumpcap) One can find these details online but this book provides all in one place material. There are good references mentioned all over the book. Would recommend using this book to all levels of wireshark users.”

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