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Re: Heuristic Dissector Priority
From: Richard Maudsley <richard.maudsley () powwownow com>
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:40:54 +0000

Hi Evan, thanks for your reply.

I saw the functions register_postdissector and call_all_postdissectors in packet.h. I'm really looking for something 
that does the opposite ("predissector"?) for heuristic dissectors. Is there some way to achieve this?

I don't consider it to be a bug in the built-in dissector, it's working just fine! My plugin handles a subset of the 
protocol that the built-in dissector implements - a missing feature, if you like - hence the need for a plugin.

Regards, Richard

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From: wireshark-dev-bounces () wireshark org [mailto:wireshark-dev-bounces () wireshark org] On Behalf Of Evan Huus
Sent: 22 April 2013 17:22
To: Developer support list for Wireshark
Subject: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Heuristic Dissector Priority

On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM, Richard Maudsley <richard.maudsley () powwownow com<mailto:richard.maudsley () 
powwownow com>> wrote:
My plugin registers a UDP heuristic dissector which handles several protocols multiplexed on the same port. This is 
working fine, except that one of the built-in Wireshark dissectors is picking up packets before I get a chance to see 
them and blocks my dissector from running, even though I would be able to return TRUE from the dissector procedure and 
handle the packet.

If the dissector is incorrectly picking up the packet (ie it thinks it contains protocol X, but it doesn't) then file a 
bug against the heuristic used. If the dissector is correctly picking up the packet (ie the packet actually contains 
protocol X) then why does your plugin need to handle it? Presumably whatever you need to do can be done by improving 
the existing dissector or by using a tap.

At first I started looking for some sort of priority setting (a simple integer precedence on the dissector would have 
made sense), but it doesn't look like such a thing exists. Then I started looking into more complicated solutions, such 
as disabling the offending dissector, allowing my dissector to run, and invoking it afterwards as a sub-dissector.

I'm a bit confused by this - are you wrapping an existing protocol in some special header, but the existing heuristic 
is skipping the header and jumping straight to the payload?


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