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pcap-engine

1.1.0 • Public • Published

pcap-engine

Core ring-buffer infrastructure for PCAP network traffic collection and extraction pipelines

Synopsis

pcap-engine provides a ring-buffer pipeline and extraction facilities for the collection of streaming network packet capture data. It is built around the libpcap file format and exposes core functionality that can be used to build a digital forensic capability into metrics/measurement systems or to otherwise automate capture and classification of network traffic.

In conjunction with the http-measurement-agent this module can be used to compose an automatic packet capture collection pipeline for http agent requests and responses, a technique that's used at the core of the NetBlocks measurement stack.

This package is maintained as part of the the NetBlocks.org network observation framework.

Implementation notes

The library collects and processes network data using the Wireshark command-line utilities by default and can alternatively support classic tcpdump utilities. Additional processing is done using a lightweight implementation of the libpcap format. Input and output are specified to be interoperable with standard network analysis tools.

typedef struct pcaprec_hdr_s {
        guint32 ts_sec;         /* timestamp seconds */
        guint32 ts_usec;        /* timestamp microseconds */
        guint32 incl_len;       /* number of octets of packet saved in file */
        guint32 orig_len;       /* actual length of packet */
} pcaprec_hdr_t;

Status

pcap-engine is part of an ongoing research project; hence the interfaces are subject to change and ongoing improvement. We do not yet recommend integration into third-party software projects or production use.

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npm i pcap-engine

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1.1.0

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