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[ Process Information proposal + doubts on Capture Permissions ]
From: Ashish Raste <rasteashish () gmail com>
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:09:15 +0800

Hi Gerald, Guy and all developers,

Can you share your thoughts/suggestions on the proposal that I have
submitted for Process Information(in the google-melange website) task? I
think I need to do many revisions with the help of your suggestions before
finalizing it.

From: Guy Harris <guy () alum mit edu>
To: Developer support list for Wireshark <wireshark-dev () wireshark org>
Subject: Re: [Wireshark-dev] GSoC 2013 Project Proposal for Root
        permissions     in wireshark
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On Apr 25, 2013, at 7:26 AM, Surbhi Jain <jainsurbhi024 () gmail com> wrote:

Would it mean that end user can also capture traffic which won't belong
to him or if he is not the owner of the packet? Security has no concern for
capturing packets?

If somebody's concerned about capturing "third-party" traffic not being
sent by or to the machine running the sniffer, then:

        if the network is wired, they should require that they be able to
control what software is installed on machines plugged into the network and
ensure that it can't put an interface into promiscuous mode;

        if the network is wireless, they should use at least WPA/WPA2
encryption on the network;

so that only traffic to or from the machine running the sniffer can be
seen un-encrypted.

If somebody's concerned about capturing traffic to or from the machine
running the sniffer that's not being sent by or to a process running as the
user running the sniffer, then they should only allow administrators to run

If somebody's concerned about a user of a personal computer being able to
capture traffic to or from their own machine, they should only allow
administrators to run sniffers and not make the users of the PCs they
provide to employees have administrative privileges.

There are already plenty of packet sniffers out there that, if they can
capture traffic at all, can capture traffic regardless of who it's to or
from on the machine.  This project is about giving users *full* Wireshark
capabilities without requiring them to run as root; it's not about limiting
Wireshark's capabilities so as to make it acceptable to run on machines on
corporate networks so locked-down that they don't even want users to see
what daemons are doing on their own machines.

I understand that by *full* Wireshark capabilities, you mean that a normal
user should be able to listen on promiscuous as well as monitor mode(if it
can be enabled for an OS). I don't know about Windows OS but at least in
Ubuntu, we can set ourselves to a group, add wireshark to that group and
grant capabilities to run wireshark by using setcap. So I think we can
provide an option

asking whether you want the "User-mode" set and when an user marks it, we
can carry out the setcap routines (please refer to this
get my point).

Ah well, all these steps need "sudo" access. Now I get my naive thoughts.
Your comments needed here :)

Any hint/suggestion to kick-off my ideas for this capture permissions work?
It would be helpful for my Process Information task at later stages.


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