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How wireshark decodes RTP packets from UDP

asked 2020-11-23 10:49:28 +0000

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I'm interested how Wireshark decodes RTP packets (which criteria is used to separate them from UDP). I'm trying to create a RTP packet flow using scapy, I' entering all the information needed in RTP hrader:

while seq < 10:
  ip_layer = IP(src = "", dst = "")
  udp_layer = UDP(sport = 16998, dport = 17000)
  rtp_layer = RTP(version=2, padding=0, extension=0, marker=1, payload_type=8, sequence=seq, timestamp=10, sourcesync=0)
  packet = ip_layer/udp_layer/rtp_layer
  seq = seq + 1
  time_s = time_s + 160

and still packets in wireshark are shown as UDP. I found an option in Preferences -> Protocols -> RTP "Payload Type for RFC2198" = 99 and wondered what 99 means (as didn't find any information on RFC document), maybe I need to add some kind of a special payload next to RTP header?.. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

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answered 2020-11-23 12:06:58 +0000

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TCP and UDP protocols are dissected based on port or heuristics. In your case you can do "Decode as" and select RTP to dissect the packet as RTP. You can also activate the heuristic for RTP. Heuristic = guessing the protocol by looking at packet data. The RTP heuristic is weak meaning it often makes mistakes and labels packt as RTP even if they are not. In case of RTP Wireshark also looks at control signaling if present (like SIP and SDP) if present and dissects the traffic on the port and IP combination as RTP.

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Here is what I do: Analyze -> Enabled Protocols Search for 'rtp' Enable rtp_udp

Network Direction gravatar imageNetwork Direction ( 2020-11-23 20:22:50 +0000 )edit

Thanks, this worked perfectly!

geek_wannabe gravatar imagegeek_wannabe ( 2020-11-23 21:01:08 +0000 )edit

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