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Promiscuous mode and switch

asked 2020-11-25 17:08:54 +0000

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updated 2020-11-25 17:09:48 +0000

Hello all, Does Promiscuous mode add any value in switch environment ? i could not find a clear answer for this, but based on switching mechnism, i think once the switch CAM table know about MAC addresses/ports, so the traffic will never reach a lan card, even its set in Promiscuous mode, unless i run another tool to fill the switch cam table and turn it to function more like hub, is it correct ? thanks.

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answered 2020-11-25 17:46:52 +0000

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Does Promiscuous mode add any value in switch environment ?

Only if the switch supports what some switch vendors call "mirror ports" or "SPAN ports", meaning that you can configure them to attempt to send a copy of all packets going through the switch to that port.

See the "Switched Ethernet" section of the "CaptureSetup/Ethernet" page of the Wireshark wiki.

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Jasper Bongertz also wrote a very good blog article about SPAN ports titled, The Network Capture Playbook Part 4 – SPAN Port In-Depth that some might find interesting and useful.

cmaynard gravatar imagecmaynard ( 2020-11-25 18:20:51 +0000 )edit

Thank you!

XP_2600 gravatar imageXP_2600 ( 2020-11-25 23:32:08 +0000 )edit

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