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Re: Detect Network Sniffing
From: Todd Haverkos <infosec () haverkos com>
Date: Tue, 08 Nov 2011 12:46:53 -0600

Dagni McPhee <dagnimcphee () gmail com> writes:

Is there any way to detect if a sniffer is being used to analyze my
traffic before it gets onto the Internet? Also is it required for a
sniffer to have an IP address or can it sniff while remaining
"uncontactable" on the network?

As others have said, no a sniffer doesn't need an IP address.  In fact
a sometimes instructive way to start off an internal penetration test
is to take a Linux box, don't assign an IP address to eth0, up the
interface, fire up wireshark and just watch wireshark as you jack into
a conference room connection at the customer site while you prepare
for the kickoff meeting, and note any unicast traffic that you're
seeing that you really shouldn't be seeing.

If a switch has been dumbed down into hub mode spew all traffic out
all of its ports, that'd one scenario in which you wouldn't know your
traffic was being sniffed.   

However, a more likely scenario is that an ethernet tap or a span port
of a switch could be (and probably is) in use at the internet egress
point (as commonly used for network IDS's or network analyzers), and
that device is going to make detecting attached sniffing, well, I am
loathe to say impossible, but I think it's safe enough to say "hella

Best Regards, 
Todd Haverkos, LPT MsCompE

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