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Re: [GSoC] Packet Editor and Viewer
From: Edwin Abraham <edwin.abraham12 () gmail com>
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:58:36 +0530

I will be submitting the proposal on google's gsoc site in a day's time.
I wanted to know if the mentors would wants to review it before I submit it?

@Guy Harris
I would like to know if you require any more clarification on my Idea and
also whether you will be willing to review the proposal before I submit it.

Also I would like to start the development on this immediately. Any more
guidance is appreciated.


On Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 3:50 AM, Edwin Abraham <edwin.abraham12 () gmail com>wrote:

Thanks for clearing that up about editcap. Maybe the interactiveness for
the editcap CLI can be taken from this UI.

Okay lets say that there are a group packets that exist in a huge capture
file. And the data needs to be retrieved, stored and interpreted.
So the capture is opened in Packet Editor. The filter option in the UI can
help pull the packets to be defined (either the filter can be defined by
the default filter or by a packet editor based filter UI ). Once the
filtered packets are pulled, the UI gets populated with the grid of data
that is all collapsed till the last payload which will be displayed in the
requested data format (HEX/BIN/DEC/ASCII) . And the fields used to filter
the packets will be highlighted.


https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzQfAxVhGpq9SXBPRnlUZ0djWHM/edit?usp=sharing

After clicking on a single packet the UI is opened with the all the fields
till data payload. Now edit options will be available. Now the data field
is alone opened alone and is displayed withe edit options available on the
top of the data grid. The data grid can be edited then and there it self
just like a text editor.  Bit sometimes you need to have a operation
conducted on that.This UI will help select the data and name the data
selection. Multiple data can be marked and used for manipulation.


https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzQfAxVhGpq9V3hnajlVUTU1aUE/edit?usp=sharing
.
This data can be manipulated in the required manner by defining a simple
flowchart UI, (essentially a program the user define). Now the flow-chart
UI is opened with fixed set of functions to  define the action for the
named selection. The flow-chart will have exits to account for batch edits.
So once the action is defined in the flow-chart it can be ported for all
the packets in the UI. The selections can be made for each field and named
accordingly so that it can be properly referred to all the packets. The
Flow-chart UI can have options to access to write files.


https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1WI31j15hul9YiNDab6yl6Sj4kqjOOT3_f7hlMl5wRb8/edit?usp=sharing

This entire process will also include saving to packets and saving the
capture. If live capture then setup listener to apply the change
dynamically. Simple edits to the data like shifts, time change or edit
functions based on editcap can be done without calling the FlowChart UI.
But that will give a graphical programming experience to the user.

Now addressing manipulating capture files. We can pull the a 2-D grid of
multiple packet editing views to represent multiple capture files. Then the
operations can be applied by zooming into each view separately. This will
give more concise control over the Merge, Split and Export options.

To clear up the idea I suggest a active chat so that you can suggest the
issues with my explanations. The google drive Drawing mode can act as
simple whiteboard as it supports active changes.

On Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM, Guy Harris <guy () alum mit edu> wrote:


On Apr 15, 2013, at 1:57 PM, Edwin Abraham <edwin.abraham12 () gmail com>
wrote:

I agree on the confusion. The initial thought when I saw the project
details on the Wireshark GSoC page was that a platform to design dissectors
based on existing data.

That's an interesting idea, but that's not any of the current GSoC
proposals.  Perhaps it should be.

My thought about the Packet Editor environment was to have a UI that
can be used for multiple functions. Packet editing, Creating
Filter/Dissectors, Tools making listener. The main function would be to
extend the editcap capabilities to the GUI.

...which means deleting entire packets (-A and -B; -d, -D, and -w; and
the packet range arguments and -r), tweaking time stamps (-S and -t),
removing data from all or specified packets (-C and -s).

The randomly-trash-data-in-the-packet function is there for fuzz-testing,
and probably doesn't need to be in Wireshark.

The other functions are for splitting capture files up; that would
probably be done in a function under the File menu in an Export function;
it's not an interactive editing function.

The only editcap functions that involve editing packet data are the ones
that chop data from the beginning or end of the packet; there's nothing
that resembles the current (not configured in by default) packet editor UI.

After filtering out and selecting the required packets, they are opened
in the Packet Editor UI. The packets can be a capture file or a capturing
device

"A capturing device" is, in effect, a capture file; if you're doing, or
have done, a live capture, Wireshark has a capture file open that contains
the captured packets.

but the filter has to narrow down the packet editing.
The UI will have three sets of toolbar and options
(editcap,dissector,listener) to manipulate the packet.

There will also exist a viewing tools to change how the selection of
packets are percieved. Like data can be represented as HEX/BIN/ASCII with
help of toggle switches.

To which data are you referring?  A particular field?

Below is a rough idea of how the UI can look like.

Static views of a UI don't always indicate very much.

Could you describe a typical task that would be done with the UI, by
walking through the operations that would be done with the UI elements?

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