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Does pcap put the PHY into promiscuous mode?

If the program using libpcap asks it to, if the OS on which it's running supports that, and if the adapter it's using supports that, it will do so.

If it's truly running on VXWorks, that's not an OS that the standard libpcap release supports, unless the configure script or CMake files think it looks enough like some UN*X for it to work, so I don't know whether it'd support promiscuous mode or not; I don't know what program is using libpcap, so I don't know whether it requests promiscuous mode or not.