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asked 2020-09-03 16:01:13 +0000

DavidA_2018 gravatar image

Hi, I wrote a lua dissector about a year ago and have forgotten some of my understanding of how dissectors work. The Ethernet packet I need to dissect has the following structure (simplified):

  • TransportHeader (which includes MessageType and PayloadLength fields)
  • Message (of type: MessageType and of length: PayloadLength)

I have a top-level 'general.lua' file that parses the TransportHeader and which creates a DissectorTable. The next level dissector (for the specific message type) is invoked by calling:

xran_dissector_table:try(ecpriMessage, buffer(8):tvb(),pinfo,tree)

My problem is that the lower level dissector currently doesn't know the length of Message. (The buffer passed to it contains the message and some padding). I can see two possibilities:

  1. Pass PayloadLength to the lower level dissector
  2. Limit the buffer passed to the lower level dissector to length PayloadLength

I don't know how to do either of these. Which would be the best solution and how would I do it?

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answered 2020-09-03 19:52:52 +0000

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I don't know how to do #1, "Pass PayloadLength to the lower level dissector", but to do #2, I think you can just generate a TvbRange from the original Tvb, and then make a new Tvb from the TvbRange, like so:

xran_dissector_table:try(ecpriMessage, buffer:range(8, PayloadLength):tvb(),pinfo,tree)


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Thanks, that solved my problem.

DavidA_2018 gravatar imageDavidA_2018 ( 2020-09-04 08:41:34 +0000 )edit

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