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Practical Packet Analysis: Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Problems [Paperback]

Chris Sanders
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Book Description

11 July 2011

It's easy to capture packets with Wireshark, the world's most popular network sniffer, whether off the wire or from the air. But how do you use those packets to understand what's happening on your network?

With an expanded discussion of network protocols and 45 completely new scenarios, this extensively revised second edition of the best-selling Practical Packet Analysis will teach you how to make sense of your PCAP data. You'll find new sections on troubleshooting slow networks and packet analysis for security to help you better understand how modern exploits and malware behave at the packet level. Add to this a thorough introduction to the TCP/IP network stack and you're on your way to packet analysis proficiency.

Learn how to:

  • Use packet analysis to identify and resolve common network problems like loss of connectivity, DNS issues, sluggish speeds, and malware infections
  • Build customized capture and display filters
  • Monitor your network in real-time and tap live network communications
  • Graph traffic patterns to visualize the data flowing across your network
  • Use advanced Wireshark features to understand confusing captures
  • Build statistics and reports to help you better explain technical network information to non-techies

Practical Packet Analysis is a must for any network technician, administrator, or engineer. Stop guessing and start troubleshooting the problems on your network.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: NO STARCH PRESS; 2 edition (11 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593272669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593272661
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 17.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Chris Sanders is a computer security consultant, author, and researcher. A SANS Mentor who holds several industry certifications, including CISSP, GCIA, GCIH, and GREM, he writes regularly for and his blog, Sanders uses Wireshark daily for packet analysis. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina, where he works as a government defense contractor.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Place to Begin 16 Feb 2012
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This book is for use with Wireshark. The book is really easy to read and understand and it leaves you wanting more.

Although the book is more for beginners by the end of it you will feel like an expert!

Understanding network packets will help you to secure your system and see what is really flowing between your PC and the internet. You will become familiar with TCP/IP, ARP, DNS, DHCP, ICMP, SSL and many more acronyms.

The book is very well laid out with a good mixture of text and graphs/pics in fact it is so good that the book is bound with Otabind binding allowing it to easily lie flat when opened.

It comes with a downloadable zip file of capture examples for you to work through alongside with the book. I would highly recommend the actual book rather than a kindle version as the book is so well designed (you can of course re-sell the book but not your kindle version!).

This book is so good that you wish it was even more in-depth or that this author/publisher did a more in-depth book. Although there is a chapter on Wireless analysis it does not go into too much depth (and no the book does not tell you how to hack - but makes you aware of the hacking problems and how to check/see them) - so could have done with a longer chapter on WiFi.

Highly recommended as one of the best beginners guide to a subject that I have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars 26 Aug 2011
Absolutely loved this book and it has changed how i approach network troubleshooting. I found working through the real life packet captures in the book cemented tcp/ip topics i'd previously read but not fully grasped in practice. At under 300 pages i was able to complete the book even with a busy schedule. I use the techniques within almost daily and highly recommend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars quite good introduction into the topic 14 Aug 2011
By mko
Practical packet analysis is related, in fact, to a single product - Wireshark. Chris mentions other tools as well (in an Appendix), but he mostly focuses on this, particular tool. Wireshark allows you to analyze what's going on within the wires of your network. Listening to the wire is not that easy as you may think in the first place. First of all, it's good to know the terminology. Chris provides you with the exact knowledge you need. You will learn just enough to get started and will be told what are the differences between switches, routers, hubs, taps are. You will also know what ARP and OSI mean as well as many other abbreviations. What I specially liked within theory related section was some sort of analysis when to focus on particular device for sniffing and how to utilize it to it's extent. One remark here. For people totally fresh in network terminology I'd suggest something additional and better (easier) explained. I think, at some places book might be hard to follow. Especially when Chris discusses topics like packet components, uses computer related arithmetic, and provides not that much detailed explanation of some topics. In fact, I'd suggest this book to intermediate readers who already know something about computers and networks.

What do I think about this book? It is good for people who are familiar with computer science but didn't work with networks so far. Why? It simply requires some level of knowledge related to networking and to data is processing. On the other hand it is based on well known, easy accessible, GUI based application. This way, you can follow it quite easily, even though you are not perfectly familiar with all the network based concepts. I'd suggest this book as a starter for people who are thinking about working with packet analysis.
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