Ethereal changes name to Wireshark

JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec, CISSP, SSCP, GSEC, EnCE, C|EH, CySA+, PenTest+, CASP+, Security+Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,255 Admin
For those of us who use the Ethereal packet sniffer, it's now named Wireshark. Spinning-off the product with a new name was evidently the result of a trademark conflict between the creator of Ethereal and the owner of the Ethereal trademark itself. More on this here here: http://trends.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=06/06/09/1349255&from=rss

The latest release of Wireshark (0.99.2) is available from: http://www.wireshark.org/

Ethereal is still available from http://www.ethereal.com/. However, with the entire Ethereal development team moving to Wireshark, I am not sure if there will be any future releases of Ethereal.

If you don't know much about packet sniffers, check out Packet School 101: http://www.chrissanders.org/?p=47

Comments

  • TheShadowTheShadow Member Posts: 1,057 ■■■■■■□□□□
    Thanks for the heads up JD
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  • !30!30 Member Posts: 356
    nice to know , thank's !
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  • Danman32Danman32 Member Posts: 1,243
    Yes, thanks. Ethereal er um WireShark is the best bargain in town! Great product even if you had to pay something for it.

    The only complaint I have about it is that the building of pre-capture filters could be made to operate like the post-capture filter, with a pick list and such.
  • HumperHumper Member Posts: 647
    I believe the name changed happen a little while ago. If you haven't used Ethereal yet you should !!!
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  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec, CISSP, SSCP, GSEC, EnCE, C|EH, CySA+, PenTest+, CASP+, Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,255 Admin
    The name changed happened in May, I believe. I only became aware of it when I saw a posting on digg.com. I had just updated to Ethereal 0.99.0, but there was no mention on the Ethereal web site of the split.

    And I really like Ethereal too. It was the only sniffer tool I found that could make me give up NetXRay (http://www.netxray.co.uk/).
  • KGhaleonKGhaleon Member Posts: 1,346 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Did they only change the name? Sounds more suspicious now. ;)
    Wire...shark? What if we're on a WLAN? :p

    KG
    Present goals: MCAS, MCSA, 70-680
  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec, CISSP, SSCP, GSEC, EnCE, C|EH, CySA+, PenTest+, CASP+, Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,255 Admin
    If it didn't work with 802.11 then it'd be named Wiredshark. icon_wink.gif

    But thankfully 802.11 is supported, so there's no need for a WirelessShark (although it would be a really cool if they did make one).
  • HumperHumper Member Posts: 647
    You should try tcpdump / windump...It's old skool and the filters are hella fun to play with.
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