libpcap 1.5.3

This is an Open Source system-independent interface for user-level network traffic capture
libpcap is an open source, small, free and handy library software written in C/C++ and designed to provide a packet filtering mechanism based on BPF, the BSD packet filter.

libpcap is heavily used in many networking applications, such as tcpdump or Wireshark. However, if you want to capture network packets on a Linux-based operating system, your kernel must support the "packet" protocol, which means that you need to configure the kernel with the CONFIG_PACKET option if it's not already configured by the package maintainer.

Also part of the libpcap project, is the tcpdump application, which can be downloaded from Softpedia.

last updated on:
January 27th, 2014, 16:01 GMT
developed by:
The Tcpdump Group
license type:
BSD License 
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libpcap - The libpcap library has been successfully configure and compiled under Arch Linux
What's New in This Release:
  • Don't let packets that don't match the current filter get to the application when TPACKET_V3 is used. (GitHub issue #331)
  • Fix handling of pcap_loop()/pcap_dispatch() with a packet count of 0 on some platforms (including Linux with TPACKET_V3). (GitHub issue #333)
  • Work around TPACKET_V3 deficiency that causes packets to be lost when a timeout of 0 is specified. (GitHub issue #335)
  • Man page formatting fixes.
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