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  • Last Updated : 19 Mar, 2022

Packet Sniffing is the process of expanding monitors checks every packet that passes through any network. Packet Sniffers will give network administrators the to monitor their networks and get insights into that. Thus, you can detect the root cause of network issues, troubleshoot the networking issues, traffic analyzing, the bandwidth of management, and network security and compliance to deal with it.

Lists of some main Networking Sniffing Tools:

  • Auvik
  • SolarWinds Network Packet Sniffer
  • Wireshark
  • Paessler PRTG
  • ManageEngine NetFlow Analyzer
  • Tcpdump
  • WinDump
  • NetworkMiner
  • BetterCAP
  • Ettercap
  • OmniPeek
  • Dsniff
  • EtherApe
  • MSN Sniffer
  • NetWitness NextGen
  • Colasoft Capsa
  • Telerik Fiddler

There are various tools that are available for performing the sniffing over the networks, and they all have provided their own features to help a hacker to analyze traffic and dissect the information. Sniffing tools are extremely common applications for the users, we have explained some main tools:

1. BetterCAP: The BetterCAP tool is a very powerful, flexible, and portable best software tool created to perform various types of MITM attacks against networks and manipulate its HTTP, HTTPS, and TCP traffic in real-time, sniffing it for as well as credentials, and much more through it.

2. Ettercap: Ettercap tool is a software comprehensively sharp tool suited for man-in-the-middle attacks for networks. It has features as well as sniffing of live connections, content filtering. It supports active and passive dissection of many protocols and includes many features such as the network and the host analysis.

3. Wireshark: The Wireshark tool is one of the most widely common software as known and uses packet sniffers. It offers an unlimited number of features designed to implement and assist in the dissection and analysis of traffic for it. The Wireshark packet sniffing tool is known for both its data capture and analysis capabilities. We can apply filters to limit the scope of data as well as Wireshark collecting through it, or simply let it collect all traffic passing through your selected networks. Thus, it can only collect the data on a web server with a desktop installed. Since the desktop is not common on the servers many sysadmins choose to use the tcpdump or the WinDump to capture traffic to a file, which they load into Wireshark in-depth analysis.

4. Tcpdump: The tcpdump tool is a well-known command-line packeting analyzer. It provides the ability to intercept and ability to observing TCP/IP and other packets during transmission over the network. Available at thus,  tcpdump captures all traffic on the specified networks via libcap and then “dumps” it directly at your screen.

5. WinDump:  A Windows port of the popular to Linux as well as packet sniffers at tcpdump, which is a command-line tool that is perfect for displaying header information through it. Due to the success of tcpdump on Unix-like operating systems os, it was “ported over” to the windows platforms to it, This simply means it was cloned to allowed for Windows packet capturing it. as tcpdump, The WinDump tool is a Graphical command-line tool at its output results can be saved to the file for deeper analysis by the third-party tool(other requestors).  WinDump is used in a maximum way as the same way a tcpdump in closely every aspect. In fact, the command-line options are the same, the results tend to be pretty much identical.

6. OmniPeek: This tool is manufactured by WildPackets, OmniPeek is a commercial (working) product that is the evolution rise of the as well as product EtherPeek tool, Omnipeek by Savvius is innovated for to larger the networks with a vast amount of data running through them every second and At its core, its performances, analytics, and forensics tool providing the best functional as well as in-depth closely analysis, thus, This Omnipeek tool can decode over a 1000 protocols for real-time analysis of the system. The software GUI graphic displays and visualization make it easy to down, compare and look across networking traffic to identify the performance issues. Omnipeek even suggests the most likely root causing of network problems and further facilitates the troubleshooting states

7. Dsniff: It is a pair of tools designed to perform sniffing packets with differentiating protocols with the intention of intercepting and revealing passwords as well the Dsniff tool is designed for the Unix and Linux platforms and does not have a full equivalent on the Windows platforms for support.

8. MSN Sniffer: This MSN Sniffer is a sniffing utility system that is specifically designed for sniffing traffic generated by the MSN Messenger GUI application.

9. EtherApe: This tool is a Linux/Unix GUI tool designed to display graphically a system’s internal as incoming and outgoing connections.

10. NetWitness NextGen: It includes a hardware-based sniffer, along with other features designed to monitor and analyze all traffic on a network. This tool is used by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies for verification.

11. Telerik Fiddler: Initially the Telerik Fiddler was technically not a packeting route tracing sniffer or network analyzer i.e., this is much more usable for HTTP sniffer well-known for its remote desktop as well as debugging capabilities(Desktop Environment DEK). as on the other sniffing tools and a web browsing functions, this Fiddler capturing both similar web browser traffic and any HTTP traffic on the desktops, includes traffic from non -web applications Thus, This is special key due to the sheerest volume of desktop applications using HTTP to connect to web services.

12. Colasoft Capsa: The Capsa, developed by Colasoft, is a Windows packet capture tool boasting free, standard, and enterprise editions. The free version is designed for Ethernet as well as sniffing and can monitor 10 IP addresses at a time and approximately about 300 protocols.

13. NETRESEC NetworkMiner: The NETRESEC NetworkMiner is an opensource network forensic analysis tool(NFAT) that can be leveraged as a network sniffer as its routing packet to capture tool to detect operating systems, hack sessions, hostnames, open ports, and so on as, without putting the any of its own traffic on the network. Like the Wireshark, NetworkMiner can follow a specified TCP stream and reconstruct files sent over the network, giving you access to an entire conversation. This software can also work in an offline mode, parsing the pcap files for offline analysis and regenerating/reassembling transmitted through the files and the certificates from pcap files.

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