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DLT_USER mime_multipart: The multipart dissector could not find the required boundary parameter

asked 2024-03-04 08:03:06 +0000 gravatar image

updated 2024-03-04 08:06:35 +0000

Hi there!

We have a PCAPNG data packet with DLT_USER link-layer type. It contains the raw mime multipart message from boundary like:


Content-Type: application/json


The custom DLT picks up the "mime_multipart" dissector, but wireshark says: "The multipart dissector could not find the required boundary parameter"

Looking at the code in packet-multipart.c -> dissect_multipart i can see, that if no previous "private_data", or "match_string" values are present in the "packet_info" structure, then this error is shown. (as it is/was a sub-dissector called from other protocols like HTTP,SIP,...) Question is, how can we use the "mime_multipart" dissector to dissect this message?

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Thanks, L.

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answered 2024-03-04 20:19:55 +0000

Jaap gravatar image

Well, you make a dissector shim, that fits between the DLT_USER and the mime-multipart dissector. Use this shim to handle the DLT and setup the private data the mime-multipart dissector needs.

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Is it possible to do it via a LUA script?

I tried that:

-- declare our protocol
multipart_shiv = Proto("multipart_shiv", "MIME Multipart from DLT_USER")

 -- create a function to dissect it
 function multipart_shiv.dissector(buffer,pinfo,tree)
     pinfo.cols.protocol =
     local ms = "multipart/related"
     pinfo.match_string = ms

But I get: No such match_string for method/object pinfo .... Apparently match_string cant be set from a lua script?

L. gravatar image[email protected] ( 2024-03-05 08:35:52 +0000 )edit

I'm not versed enough in Lua to know the answer to this.

Jaap gravatar imageJaap ( 2024-03-10 12:32:10 +0000 )edit

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