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Is it possible to create a dissector for Wireshark in C in Visual Studio 2019 IDE and add it to the wireshark source code?

asked 2019-05-02 14:40:10 +0000

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updated 2019-05-02 15:28:49 +0000

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  1. I want to read data from COM port directly into Wireshark.
  2. Is it possible to use Visual Studio 2019 for creating the dissector?
  3. Also,how to add .exe as a plugin?
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answered 2019-05-02 15:31:12 +0000

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updated 2019-05-02 17:07:48 +0000

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As this is a Q&A site, this should really be 3 separate questions, but I'll answer them all here for brevity.

  1. You'll need to use an external utility for that. See extcap.
  2. Yes, although the current 3.0.x releases are built with VS 2017.
  3. Plugins are DLL's.
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Usbcap is added as .exe in extcap. I have a custom .exe file to capture serial data. Can I know the procedure to add .exe in extcap like usbcap.

stbimudd gravatar imagestbimudd ( 2019-05-04 13:32:57 +0000 )edit

Extcap utilities only provide an extended capture mechanism for Wireshark. They do not dissect the data, that is the work of a built-in or plugin or even a Lua dissector. Usbcap is not an an extcap interface, it's not integrated with Wireshark. USB traffic (on Windows) is captured by USBPcapCMD either to a file that is subsequently opened by Wireshark or by piping its output to Wireshark.

Extcap interfaces are discussed at the link in the answer.

grahamb gravatar imagegrahamb ( 2019-05-05 16:41:29 +0000 )edit

I have my own extcapture which captures the serial port data that should be subsequently opened by wireshark in a similar way to USBPcapCMD. How do i proceed with this ?

stbimudd gravatar imagestbimudd ( 2019-05-06 10:18:16 +0000 )edit

In that case you should arrange your capture utility to output pcapng format data, either to a file or to standard output, either of which can be subsequently read by Wireshark.

grahamb gravatar imagegrahamb ( 2019-05-06 11:59:30 +0000 )edit

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