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How to capture UDP traffic and not NBNS traffic?

asked 2018-01-02 17:29:22 +0000

mzimmers gravatar image

updated 2018-01-02 18:53:31 +0000

Guy Harris gravatar image

Hi -

I'm sure this question has been asked and answered many times, but I can't find what I'm looking for.

I'm trying to apply filters so I only see traffic between two devices, and only when they're of UDP protocol. In the display filter, I use this:

(ip.addr == || ip.src ==

and in Capture->Options, I've selected the (presupplied) udp filter. I'm still seeing traffic of other protocols, though. Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong? Thanks.

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answered 2018-01-02 18:51:59 +0000

Guy Harris gravatar image

The protocol I'm seeing that I don't wish to is NBNS.

NBNS runs atop UDP, on port 137, so a capture filter that captures only UDP traffic, and doesn't capture UDP traffic that's NBNS traffic, would be udp && !udp port 137.

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Beautiful. That helps a lot. Thanks...I'd upvote you if I could.

mzimmers gravatar imagemzimmers ( 2018-01-02 18:56:52 +0000 )edit

@mzimmers If this is the correct answer for you, you should be able to click the checkmark indicating so.

Jaap gravatar imageJaap ( 2018-01-03 06:52:59 +0000 )edit

@Jaap: done, and thanks.

mzimmers gravatar imagemzimmers ( 2018-01-03 15:02:19 +0000 )edit

answered 2018-01-02 17:39:34 +0000

updated 2018-01-02 17:40:28 +0000

The pipes (||) are a logical "or" so your filter says anything to/from or from You will want to use two ampersands (&&).

(ip.addr == && ip.src ==

This will only be one direction though (sourced from .22). You might want to use ip.addr for both statements to get bidirectional traffic.

(ip.addr == && ip.addr ==

The UDP capture filter should limit it to only UDP packets. Are you sure you aren't just seeing the other protocols that rely on UDP for transmission, such as DNS?

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Thanks for the response. The protocol I'm seeing that I don't wish to is NBNS. The communication between the two devices is socket-based; perhaps there's a way to filter based on the socket number or something?

mzimmers gravatar imagemzimmers ( 2018-01-02 18:20:12 +0000 )edit

Try this: (ip.addr == && ip.addr == && !nbns

csereno gravatar imagecsereno ( 2018-01-02 18:42:28 +0000 )edit

You can also filter on port number (socket) such as:

(ip.addr == && ip.addr == && tcp.port==##

Whatever that port number is in this case

csereno gravatar imagecsereno ( 2018-01-02 18:43:37 +0000 )edit

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