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Summary for 1.9.0 libpcap release
Added testing system to libpcap, independent of tcpdump
Changes to how pcap_t is activated
Adding support for Large stream buffers on Endace DAG cards
Changes to BSD 3-clause license to 2-clause licence
Additions to TCP header parsing, per RFC3168
Add CMake build process (extensive number of changes)
Assign a value for OpenBSD DLT_OPENFLOW.
Support setting non-blocking mode before activating.
Extensive build support for Windows VS2010 and MINGW (many many changes, over many months)
Added RPCAPD support when --enable-remote (default no)
Add the rpcap daemon source and build instructions.
Put back the greasy "save the capture filter string so we can tweak it"
hack, that keeps libpcap from capturing rpcap traffic.
Fixes for captures on MacOS, utun0
fixes so that non-AF_INET addresses, are not ==AF_INET6 addresses.
Add a linktype for IBM SDLC frames containing SNA PDUs.
pcap_compile() in 1.8.0 and later is newly thread-safe.
bound snaplen for linux tpacket_v2 to ~64k
Make VLAN filter handle both metadata and inline tags
D-Bus captures can now be up to 128MB in size
Added LORATAP DLT value
Added DLT_VSOCK for
probe_devices() fixes not to overrun buffer for name of device
Add linux-specific pcap_set_protocol_linux() to allow specifying a specific capture protocol.
RDMA sniffing support for pcap
Add Nordic Semiconductor Bluetooth LE sniffer link-layer header type.
fixes for reading /etc/ethers
Make it possible to build on Windows without packet.dll.
Add tests for large file support on UN*X.
Solaris fixes to work with 2.8.6
configuration test now looks for header files, not capture devices present
Fix to work with Berkeley YACC.
fixes for DragonBSD compilation of pcap-netmap.c
Clean up the ether_hostton() stuff.
Add an option to disable Linux memory-mapped capture support.
Add DAG API support checks.
Add Septel, Myricom SNF, and Riverbed TurboCap checks.
Add checks for Linux USB, Linux Bluetooth, D-Bus, and RDMA sniffing support.
Add a check for hardware time stamping on Linux.
Don't bother supporting pre-2005 Visual Studio.
Increased minimum autoconf version requirement to 2.64
Add DLT value 273 for XRA-31 sniffer
Clean up handing of signal interrupts in pcap_read_nocb_remote().
Use the XPG 4.2 versions of the networking APIs in Solaris.
Fix, and better explain, the "IPv6 means IPv6, not IPv4" option setting.
Explicitly warn that negative packet buffer timeouts should not be used.
rpcapd: Add support inetd-likes, including xinetd.conf, and systemd units
Rename DLT_IEEE802_15_4 to DLT_IEEE802_15_4_WITHFCS.
Remove the sunos4 kernel modules and all references to them.
Add more interface flags to pcap_findalldevs().
Summary for 1.9.0 libpcap release (to 2017-01-25 by
Man page improvements
Fix Linux cooked mode userspace filtering (GitHub pull request #429)
Fix compilation if IPv6 support not enabled
Fix some Linux memory-mapped capture buffer size issues
Don't fail if kernel filter can't be set on Linux (GitHub issue
Improve sorting of interfaces for pcap_findalldevs()
Don't list Linux usbmon devices if usbmon module isn't loaded
Report PCAP_ERROR_PERM_DENIED if no permission to open Linux usbmon
Fix DLT_ type for Solaris IPNET devices
Always return an error message for errors finding DAG or Myricom
If possible, don't require that a device be openable when
enumerating them for pcap_findalldevs()
Don't put incompletely-initialized addresses in the address list for
When finding Myricom devices, update description for regular
interfaces that are Myricom devices and handle SNF_FLAGS=0x2(port
aggregation enabled)
Fix compilation error in DAG support
Fix issues with CMake configuration
Add support for stream buffers larger than 2GB on newer DAG cards
Remove support for building against DAG versions without STREAMS
support (before dag-3.0.0 2007)
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016
Summary for 1.8.1 libpcap release
Add a target in for Exuberant Ctags use: 'extags'.
Rename to autoconf 2.59
Clean up the name-to-DLT mapping table.
Add some newer DLT_ values: IPMI_HPM_2,ZWAVE_R1_R2,ZWAVE_R3,WATTSTOPPER_DLM,ISO_14443,RDS
Clarify what the return values are for both success and failure.
Many changes to build on windows
Check for the "break the loop" condition in the inner loop for TPACKET_V3.
Fix handling of packet count in the TPACKET_V3 inner loop: GitHub issue #493.
Filter out duplicate looped back CAN frames.
Fix the handling of loopback filters for IPv6 packets.
Add a link-layer header type for RDS (IEC 62106) groups.
Use different intermediate folders for x86 and x64 builds on Windows.
On Linux, handle all CAN captures with pcap-linux.c, in cooked mode.
Removes the need for the "host-endian" link-layer header type.
Compile with '-Wused-but-marked-unused' in devel mode if supported
Have separate DLTs for big-endian and host-endian SocketCAN headers.
Reflect version.h being renamed to pcap_version.h.
Require that version.h be generated: all build procedures we support generate version.h (autoconf, CMake, MSVC)!
Properly check for sock_recv() errors.
Re-impose some of Winsock's limitations on sock_recv().
Replace sprintf() with pcap_snprintf().
Fix signature of pcap_stats_ex_remote().
Initial cmake support for remote packet capture.
Have rpcap_remoteact_getsock() return a SOCKET and supply an "is active" flag.
Clean up {DAG, Septel, Myricom SNF}-only builds.
Do UTF-16-to-ASCII conversion into the right place.
pcap_create_interface() needs the interface name on Linux.
Clean up hardware time stamp support: the "any" device does not support any time stamp types.
Add support for capturing on FreeBSD usbusN interfaces.
Add a LINKTYPE/DLT_ value for FreeBSD USB.
Go back to using PCAP_API on Windows.
CMake support
Add TurboCap support from WinPcap.
Recognize 802.1ad nested VLAN tag in vlan filter.
Thursday Sep. 3, 2015
Summary for 1.7.5 libpcap release
Man page cleanups.
Add some allocation failure checks.
Fix a number of Linux/ucLinux configure/build issues.
Fix some memory leaks.
Recognize 802.1ad nested VLAN tag in vlan filter.
Fix building Bluetooth Linux Monitor support with BlueZ 5.1+
Saturday Jun. 27, 2015
Summary for 1.7.4 libpcap release
Include fix for GitHub issue #424 -- out of tree builds.
Friday Apr. 10, 2015
Summary for 1.7.3 libpcap release
Work around a Linux bonding driver bug.
Thursday Feb. 12, 2015
Summary for 1.7.2 libpcap release
Support for filtering Geneve encapsulated packets.
Generalize encapsulation handling, fixing some bugs.
Don't add null addresses to address lists.
Add pcap_dump_open_append() to open for appending.
Fix the swapping of isochronous descriptors in Linux USB.
Attempt to handle TPACKET_V1 with 32-bit userland and 64-bit kernel.
Wednesday Nov. 12, 2014
Summary for 1.7.0 libpcap release
Fix handling of zones for BPF on Solaris
new DLT for ZWAVE
clarifications for read timeouts.
Use BPF extensions in compiled filters, fixing VLAN filters
some fixes to compilation without stdint.h
EBUSY can now be returned by SNFv3 code.
Fix the range checks in BPF loads
Various DAG fixes.
Various Linux fixes.
Monday Aug. 12, 2014
Summary for 1.6.2 libpcap release
Don't crash on filters testing a non-existent link-layer type
Fix sending in non-blocking mode on Linux with memory-mapped
Fix timestamps when reading pcap-ng files on big-endian
Saturday Jul. 19, 2014
Summary for 1.6.1 libpcap release
some fixes for the any device
changes for how --enable-XXX (--enable-sniffing, --enable-can) works
Wednesday Jul. 2, 2014
Summary for 1.6.0 libpcap release
Don't support D-Bus sniffing on OS X
fixes for byte order issues with NFLOG captures
Handle using cooked mode for DLT_NETLINK in activate_new().
on platforms where you can not capture on down interfaces, do not list them
but: do list interfaces which are down, if you can capture on them!
Wednesday December 18, 2013
Summary for 1.5.3 libpcap release
Don't let packets that don't match the current filter get to the
application when TPACKET_V3 is used. (GitHub issue #331)
Fix handling of pcap_loop()/pcap_dispatch() with a packet count
of 0 on some platforms (including Linux with TPACKET_V3).
(GitHub issue #333)
Work around TPACKET_V3 deficiency that causes packets to be lost
when a timeout of 0 is specified. (GitHub issue #335)
Man page formatting fixes.
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Summary for 1.5.2 libpcap release
Fix libpcap to work when compiled with TPACKET_V3 support and
running on a kernel without TPACKET_V3 support. (GitHub
issue #329)
Wednesday November 20, 2013
Summary for 1.5.1 libpcap release
Report an error, rather than crashing, if an IPv6 address is
used for link-layer filtering. (Wireshark bug 9376)
Wednesday October 30, 2013
Summary for 1.5.0 libpcap release
TPACKET_V3 support added for Linux
Point users to the the-tcpdump-group repository on GitHub rather
than the mcr repository
Checks added for malloc()/realloc()/etc. failures
Fixed build on Solaris 11
Support filtering filtering E1 SS7 traffic on MTP2 layer Annex A
Use "ln -s" to link man pages by default
Add support for getting nanosecond-resolution time stamps when
capturing and reading capture files
Many changes to autoconf to deal better with non-GCC compilers
added many new DLT types
Saturday April 6, 2013
Summary for 1.4.0 libpcap release
Add netfilter/nfqueue interface.
If we don't have support for IPv6 address resolution, support,
in filter expressions, what IPv6 stuff we can.
Fix pcap-config to include -lpthread if canusb support is
Try to fix "pcap_parse not defined" problems when --without-flex
and --without-bison are used when you have Flex and Bison
Fix some issues with the pcap_loop man page.
Fix pcap_getnonblock() and pcap_setnonblock() to fill in the
supplied error message buffer
Fix typo that, it appeared, would cause pcap-libdlpi.c not to
compile (perhaps systems with libdlpi also have BPF and use
that instead)
Catch attempts to call pcap_compile() on a non-activated pcap_t
Fix crash on Linux with CAN-USB support without usbfs
Fix addition of VLAN tags for Linux cooked captures
Check for both EOPNOTSUPP and EINVAL after SIOCETHTOOL ioctl, so
that the driver can report either one if it doesn't support
Describe "proto XXX" and "protochain XXX" in the pcap-filter man
Handle either directories, or symlinks to directories, that
correspond to interfaces in /sys/class/net
Fix handling of VLAN tag insertion to check, on Linux 3.x
kernels, for VLAN tag valid flag
Clean up some man pages
Support libnl3 as well as libnl1 and libnl2 on Linux
Fix handling of Bluetooth devices on 3.x Linux kernels
Friday March 30, 2012.
Summary for 1.3.0 libpcap release
Handle DLT_PFSYNC in {FreeBSD, other *BSD+Mac OS X, other}.
Linux: Don't fail if netfilter isn't enabled in the kernel.
Add new link-layer type for NFC Forum LLCP.
Put the CANUSB stuff into EXTRA_DIST, so it shows up in the release tarball.
Add DLT_MPEG_2_TS/LINKTYPE_MPEG_2_TS for MPEG-2 transport streams.
[PATCH] Fix AIX-3.5 crash with read failure during stress
AIX fixes.
Introduce --disable-shared configure option.
Added initial support for canusb devices.
Include the pcap(3PCAP) additions as 1.2.1 changes.
many updates to documentation:
Improve 'inbound'/'outbound' capture filters under Linux.
Note the cleanup of handling of new DLT_/LINKTYPE_ values.
On Lion, don't build for PPC.
For mac80211 devices we need to clean up monitor mode on exit.
Friday December 9, 2011.
Summary for 1.2.1 libpcap release
Update README file.
Fix typoes in README.linux file.
Clean up some compiler warnings.
Fix Linux compile problems and tests for ethtool.h.
Treat Debian/kFreeBSD and GNU/Hurd as systems with GNU
Support 802.1 QinQ as a form of VLAN in filters.
Treat "carp" as equivalent to "vrrp" in filters.
Fix code generated for "ip6 protochain".
Add some new link-layer header types.
Support capturing NetFilter log messages on Linux.
Clean up some error messages.
Turn off monitor mode on exit for mac80211 interfaces on Linux.
Fix problems turning monitor mode on for non-mac80211 interfaces
on Linux.
Properly fail if /sys/class/net or /proc/net/dev exist but can't
be opened.
Fail if pcap_activate() is called on an already-activated
pcap_t, and add a test program for that.
Fix filtering in pcap-ng files.
Don't build for PowerPC on Mac OS X Lion.
Simplify handling of new DLT_/LINKTYPE_ values.
Expand pcap(3PCAP) man page.
Sunday July 24, 2011.
Summary for 1.2 libpcap release
All of the changes listed below for 1.1.1 and 1.1.2.
Changes to error handling for pcap_findalldevs().
Fix the calculation of the frame size in memory-mapped captures.
Add a link-layer header type for STANAG 5066 D_PDUs.
Add a link-layer type for a variant of 3GPP TS 27.010.
Noted real nature of LINKTYPE_ARCNET.
Add a link-layer type for DVB-CI.
Fix configure-script discovery of VLAN acceleration support.
Linux, HP-UX, AIX, NetBSD and OpenBSD compilation/conflict fixes.
Protect against including AIX 5.x's <net/bpf.h> having been included.
Add DLT_DBUS, for raw D-Bus messages.
Treat either EPERM or EACCES as "no soup for you".
Changes to permissions on DLPI systems.
Add DLT_IEEE802_15_4_NOFCS for 802.15.4 interfaces.
Fri. August 6, 2010.
Summary for 1.1.2 libpcap release
Return DLT_ values, not raw LINKTYPE_ values from
pcap_datalink() when reading pcap-ng files
Add support for "wlan ra" and "wlan ta", to check the RA and TA
of WLAN frames that have them
Don't crash if "wlan addr{1,2,3,4}" are used without 802.11
Do filtering on USB and Bluetooth capturing
On FreeBSD/SPARC64, use -fPIC - it's apparently necessary
Check for valid port numbers (fit in a 16-bit unsigned field) in
"port" filters
Reject attempts to put savefiles into non-blocking mode
Check for "no such device" for the "get the media types" ioctl
in *BSD
Improve error messages from bpf_open(), and let it do the error
Return more specific errors from pcap_can_set_rfmon(); fix
Update description fetching code for FreeBSD, fix code for
Ignore /sys/net/dev files if we get ENODEV for them, not just
ENXIO; fixes handling of bonding devices on Linux
Fix check for a constant 0 argument to BPF_DIV
Use the right version of ar when cross-building
Free any filter set on a savefile when the savefile is closed
Include the CFLAGS setting when configure was run in the
compiler flags
Add support for 802.15.4 interfaces on Linux
Thu. April 1, 2010.
Summary for 1.1.1 libpcap release
Update CHANGES to reflect more of the changes in 1.1.0.
Fix build on RHEL5.
Fix shared library build on AIX.
Thu. March 11, 2010.
Summary for 1.1.0 libpcap release
Add SocketCAN capture support
Add Myricom SNF API support
Update Endace DAG and ERF support
Add support for shared libraries on Solaris, HP-UX, and AIX
Build, install, and un-install shared libraries by default;
don't build/install shared libraries on platforms we don't support
Fix building from a directory other than the source directory
Fix compiler warnings and builds on some platforms
Update config.guess and config.sub
Support monitor mode on mac80211 devices on Linux
Fix USB memory-mapped capturing on Linux; it requires a new DLT_
On Linux, scan /sys/class/net for devices if we have it; scan
it, or /proc/net/dev if we don't have /sys/class/net, even if
we have getifaddrs(), as it'll find interfaces with no
Add limited support for reading pcap-ng files
Fix BPF driver-loading error handling on AIX
Support getting the full-length interface description on FreeBSD
In the lexical analyzer, free up any addrinfo structure we got back
from getaddrinfo().
Add support for BPF and libdlpi in OpenSolaris (and SXCE)
Hyphenate "link-layer" everywhere
Add /sys/kernel/debug/usb/usbmon to the list of usbmon locations
In pcap_read_linux_mmap(), if there are no frames available, call
poll() even if we're in non-blocking mode, so we pick up
errors, and check for the errors in question.
Note that poll() works on BPF devices is Snow Leopard
If an ENXIO or ENETDOWN is received, it may mean the device has
gone away. Deal with it.
For BPF, raise the default capture buffer size to from 32k to 512k
Support ps_ifdrop on Linux
Added a bunch of #ifdef directives to make wpcap.dll (WinPcap) compile
under cygwin.
Changes to Linux mmapped captures.
Fix bug where create_ring would fail for particular snaplen and
buffer size combinations
Update pcap-config so that it handles libpcap requiring
additional libraries
Add workaround for threadsafeness on Windows
Add missing mapping for DLT_ENC <-> LINKTYPE_ENC
DLT: Add Solaris ipnet
Don't check for DLT_IPNET if it's not defined
Add link-layer types for Fibre Channel FC-2
Add link-layer types for Wireless HART
Add link-layer types for AOS
Add link-layer types for DECT
Autoconf fixes (AIX, HP-UX, OSF/1, Tru64 cleanups)
Install headers unconditionally, and include vlan.h/bluetooth.h if
Autoconf fixes+cleanup
Support enabling/disabling bluetooth (--{en,dis}able-bluetooth)
Support disabling SITA support (--without-sita)
Return -1 on failure to create packet ring (if supported but
creation failed)
Fix handling of 'any' device, so that it can be opened, and no longer
attempt to open it in Monitor mode
Add support for snapshot length for USB Memory-Mapped Interface
Fix configure and build on recent Linux kernels
Fix memory-mapped Linux capture to support pcap_next() and
Fixes for Linux USB capture
Mon. October 27, 2008. Summary for 1.0.0 libpcap release
Compile with IPv6 support by default
Compile with large file support on by default
Add pcap-config script, which deals with -I/-L flags for compiling
DLT: Add AX25 (AX.25 w/KISS header)
802.15.4 support
Variable length 802.11 header support
X2E data type support
SITA ACN Interface support - see README.sita
Support for memory-mapped capture on Linux
Support for zerocopy BPF on platforms that support it
Support for setting buffer size when opening devices
Support for setting monitor mode when opening 802.11 devices
Better support for dealing with VLAN tagging/stripping on Linux
Fix dynamic library support on OSX
Return PCAP_ERROR_IFACE_NOT_UP if the interface isn't 'UP', so applications
can print better diagnostic information
Return PCAP_ERROR_PERM_DENIED if we don't have permission to open a device, so
applications can tell the user they need to go play with permissions
On Linux, ignore ENETDOWN so we can continue to capture packets if the
interface goes down and comes back up again.
On Linux, support new tpacket frame headers (2.6.27+)
On Mac OS X, add scripts for changing permissions on /dev/bpf* and launchd plist
On Solaris, support 'passive mode' on systems that support it
Fixes to autoconf and general build environment
Man page reorganization + cleanup
Autogenerate VERSION numbers better
Mon. September 10, 2007. Summary for 0.9.8 libpcap release
Change build process to put public libpcap headers into pcap subir
DLT: Add value for IPMI IPMB packets
DLT: Add value for u10 Networks boards
Require <net/pfvar.h> for pf definitions - allows reading of pflog formatted
libpcap files on an OS other than where the file was generated
Wed. April 25, 2007. Summary for 0.9.6 libpcap release
Put the public libpcap headers into a pcap subdirectory in both the
source directory and the target include directory, and have include
files at the top-level directory to include those headers, for
backwards compatibility.
Add Bluetooth support
Add USB capturing support on Linux
Add support for the binary USB sniffing interface in Linux
Add support for new FreeBSD BIOCSDIRECTION ioctl
Add additional filter operations for 802.11 frame types
Add support for filtering on MTP2 frame types
Propagate some changes from the main branch, so the x.9 branch has
all the DLT_ and LINKTYPE_ values that the main branch does
Reserved a DLT_ and SAVEFILE_ value for PPI (Per Packet Info)
encapsulated packets
Add LINKTYPE_ for IEEE 802.15.4, with address fields padded as done
by Linux drivers
Add LINKTYPE_ value corresponding to DLT_IEEE802_16_MAC_CPS.
Add DLT for IEEE 802.16 (WiMAX) MAC Common Part Sublayer
Add DLT for Bluetooth HCI UART transport layer
When building a shared library, build with "-fPIC" on Linux to support x86_64
Link with "$(CC) -shared" rather than "ld -shared" when building a
".so" shared library
Add support for autoconf 2.60
Fixes to discard unread packets when changing filters
Changes to handle name changes in the DAG library resulting from
switching to libtool.
Add support for new DAG ERF types.
Add an explicit "-ldag" when building the shared library, so the DAG
library dependency is explicit.
Mac OSX fixes for dealing with "wlt" devices
Fixes in add_or_find_if() & pcap_findalldevs() to optimize generating
device lists
Fixed a bug in pcap_open_live(). The return value of PacketSetHwFilter
was not checked.
Tue. September 19, 2006. Summary for 0.9.5 libpcap release
Support for LAPD frames with vISDN
Support for ERF on channelized T1/E1 cards via DAG API
Fix capitalization that caused issues crossc compiling on Linux
Better failure detection on PacketGetAdapterNames()
Fixes for MPLS packet generation (link layer)
OP_PACKET now matches the beginning of the packet, instead of
Add DLT/LINKTYPE for carrying FRF.16 Multi-link Frame Relay
Fix allocation of buffer for list of link-layer types
Added a new DLT and LINKTYPE value for ARINC 653 Interpartition Communcation Messages
Fixed a typo in a DLT value: it should start with DLT_ and not LINKTYPE_
Redefined DLT_CAN20B and LINKTYPE_CAN20B as #190 (as this is the right value for CAN).
Added definition for DLT_A429 and LINKTYPE_A429 as #184.
Added a new DLT and LINKTYPE value for CAN v2.0B frames.
Add support for DLT_JUNIPER_VP.
Don't double-count received packets on Linux systems that
support the PACKET_STATISTICS getsockopt() argument on
PF_PACKET sockets.
Add support for DLT_IEEE802_11 and DLT_IEEE802_11_RADIO link
layers in Windows
Add support to build libpcap.lib and wpcap.dll under Cygnus and
Mon. September 5, 2005. Summary for 0.9.4 libpcap release
Support for radiotap on Linux (Mike Kershaw)
Fixes for HP-UX
Support for additional Juniper link-layer types
Fixes for filters on MPLS-encapsulated packets
"vlan" filter fixed
"pppoed" and "pppoes" filters added; the latter modifies later
parts of the filter expression to look at the PPP headers and
headers in the PPP payload
Tue. July 5, 2005. Summary for 0.9.3 libpcap release
Fixes for compiling on nearly every platform,
including improved 64bit support
MSDOS Support
Add support for sending packets
OpenBSD pf format support
IrDA capture (Linux only)
Tue. March 30, 2004. Summary for 3.8.3 release
Fixed minor problem in gencode.c that would appear on 64-bit
Version number is now sane.
Mon. March 29, 2004. Summary for 3.8.2 release
updates for autoconf 2.5
fixes for ppp interfaces for freebsd 4.1
pcap gencode can generate code for 802.11, IEEE1394, and pflog.
Wed. November 12, 2003. Summary for 0.8 release
added pcap_findalldevs()
Win32 patches from NetGroup, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
OpenBSD pf, DLT_PFLOG added
Many changes to ATM support.
lookup pcap_lookupnet()
Sigh. More AIX wonderfulness.
Document updates.
Changes to API: pcap_next_ex(), pcap_breakloop(), pcap_dump_flush(),
pcap_list_datalinks(), pcap_set_datalink(),
pcap_lib_version(), pcap_datalink_val_to_name(),
pcap_datalink_name_to_val(), new error returns.
Tuesday, February 25, 2003. 0.7.2 release
Support link types that use 802.2 always, never, and sometimes.
Don't decrease the size of the BPF buffer from the default.
Support frame relay.
Handle 32-bit timestamps in DLPI, and pass the right buffer size.
Handle Linux systems with modern kernel but without
SOL_PACKET in the userland headers.
Linux support for ARPHRD_RAWHDLC.
Handle 32-bit timestamps in snoop.
Support eg (Octane/O2xxx/O3xxx Gigabit) devices.
Add new reserved DLT types.
Monday October 23, 2001. Summary for 0.7 release
Added pcap_findalldevs() call to get list of interfaces in a MI way.
pcap_stats() has been documented as to what its counters mean on
each platform.
Tuesday January 9, 2001. Summary for 0.6 release
New Linux libpcap implementation, which, in 2.2 and later
kernels, uses PF_PACKET sockets and supports kernel packet
filtering (if compiled into the kernel), and supports the "any"
device for capturing on all interfaces. Cleans up promiscuous
mode better on pre-2.2 kernels, and has various other fixes
(handles 2.4 ARPHRD_IEEE802_TR, handles ISDN devices better,
doesn't show duplicate packets on loopback interface, etc.).
Fixed HP-UX libpcap implementation to correctly get the PPA for
an interface, to allow interfaces to be opened by interface name.
libpcap savefiles have system-independent link-layer type values
in the header, rather than sometimes platform-dependent DLT_
values, to make it easier to exchange capture files between
different OSes.
Non-standard capture files produced by some Linux tcpdumps, e.g.
the one from Red Hat Linux 6.2 and later, can now be read.
Updated autoconf stock files.
Filter expressions can filter on VLAN IDs and various OSI
protocols, and work on Token Ring (with non-source-routed
"pcap_open_dead()" added to allow compiling filter expressions
to pcap code without opening a capture device or capture file.
Header files fixed to allow use in C++ programs.
Removed dependancy on native headers for packet layout.
Removed Linux specific headers that were shipped.
Security fixes: Strcpy replaced with strlcpy, sprintf replaced
with snprintf.
Fixed bug that could cause subsequent "pcap_compile()"s to fail
erroneously after one compile failed.
Assorted other bug fixes.
README.aix and README.linux files added to describe
platform-specific issues.
"getifaddrs()" rather than SIOCGIFCONF used, if available.
v0.5 Sat Jun 10 11:09:15 PDT 2000
- Brought in KAME IPv6/IPsec bpf compiler.
- Fixes for NetBSD.
- Support added for OpenBSD DLT_LOOP and BSD/OS DLT_C_HDLC (Cisco HDLC),
and changes to work around different BSDs having different DLT_ types
with the same numeric value.
Assar Westerlund <>
- Building outside the source code tree fixed.
- Changed to write out time stamps with 32-bit seconds and microseconds
fields, regardless of whether those fields are 32 bits or 64 bits in
the OS's native "struct timeval".
- Changed "pcap_lookupdev()" to dynamically grow the buffer into which
the list of interfaces is read as necessary in order to hold the
entire list.
Greg Troxel <>
- Added a new "pcap_compile_nopcap()", which lets you compile a filter
expression into a BPF program without having an open live capture or
capture file.
v0.4 Sat Jul 25 12:40:09 PDT 1998
- Fix endian problem with DLT_NULL devices. From FreeBSD via Bill
Fenner (
- Fix alignment problem with FDDI under DLPI. This was causing core
dumps under Solaris.
- Added configure options to disable flex and bison. Resulted from a
bug report by (Bruce Barnett). Also added
options to disable gcc and to force a particular packet capture type.
- Added support for Fore ATM interfaces (qaa and fa) under IRIX. Thanks
to John Hawkinson (
- Change Linux PPP and SLIP to use DLT_RAW since the kernel does not
supply any "link layer" data.
- Change Linux to use SIOCGIFHWADDR ioctl to determine link layer type.
Thanks to Thomas Sailer (
- Change IRIX PPP to use DLT_RAW since the kernel does not supply any
"link layer" data.
- Modified to support the new BSD/OS 2.1 PPP and SLIP link layer header
- Added some new SGI snoop interface types. Thanks to Steve Alexander
- Fixes for HP-UX 10.20 (which is similar to HP-UX 9). Thanks to
Richard Allen ( and Steinar Haug (
- Fddi supports broadcast as reported by Jeff Macdonald
( Also correct ieee802 and arcnet.
- Determine Linux pcap buffer size at run time or else it might not be
big enough for some interface types (e.g. FDDI). Thanks to Jes
Sorensen (
- Fix some linux alignment problems.
- Document promisc argument to pcap_open_live(). Reported by Ian Marsh
- Support Metricom radio packets under Linux. Thanks to Kevin Lai
- Bind to interface name under Linux to avoid packets from multiple
interfaces on multi-homed hosts. Thanks to Kevin Lai
- Change L_SET to SEEK_SET for HP-UX. Thanks to Roland Roberts
- Fixed an uninitialized memory reference found by Kent Vander Velden
- Fixed lex pattern for IDs to allow leading digits. As reported by
Theo de Raadt (
- Fixed Linux include file problems when using GNU libc.
- Ifdef ARPHRD_FDDI since not all versions of the Linux kernel have it.
Reported reported by Eric Jacksch (
- Fixed bug in pcap_dispatch() that kept it from returning on packet
- Changed ISLOOPBACK() macro when IFF_LOOPBACK isn't available to check
for "lo" followed by an eos or digit (newer versions of Linux
apparently call the loopback "lo" instead of "lo0").
- Fixed Linux networking include files to use ints instead of longs to
avoid problems with 64 bit longs on the alpha. Thanks to Cristian
Gafton (
v0.3 Sat Nov 30 20:56:27 PST 1996
- Added Linux support.
- Fixed savefile bugs.
- Solaris x86 fix from Tim Rylance (
- Add support for bpf kernel port filters.
- Remove duplicate atalk protocol table entry. Thanks to Christian
Hopps (
- Fixed pcap_lookupdev() to ignore nonexistent devices. This was
reported to happen under BSD/OS by David Vincenzetti
- Avoid solaris compiler warnings. Thanks to Bruce Barnett
v0.2.1 Sun Jul 14 03:02:26 PDT 1996
- Fixes for HP-UX 10. Thanks in part to to Thomas Wolfram
( and Rick Jones (
- Added support for SINIX. Thanks to Andrej Borsenkow
- Fixes for AIX (although this system is not yet supported). Thanks to
John Hawkinson (
- Use autoconf's idea of the top level directory in install targets.
Thanks to John Hawkinson.
- Add missing autoconf packet capture result message. Thanks to Bill
Fenner (
- Fixed padding problems in the pf module.
- Fixed some more alignment problems on the alpha.
- Added explicit netmask support. Thanks to Steve Nuchia
- Fixed to handle raw ip addresses such as without "left
- Add "sca" keyword (for DEC cluster services) as suggested by Terry
Kennedy (
- Add "atalk" keyword as suggested by John Hawkinson.
- Add "igrp" keyword.
- Fixed HID definition in grammar.y to be a string, not a value.
- Use $CC when checking gcc version. Thanks to Carl Lindberg
- Removed obsolete reference to pcap_immediate() from the man page.
Michael Stolarchuk (
- DLT_NULL has a 4 byte family header. Thanks to Jeffrey Honig
v0.2 Sun Jun 23 02:28:42 PDT 1996
- Add support for HP-UX. Resulted from code contributed by Tom Murray
( and Philippe-Andri Prindeville
- Update INSTALL with a reminder to install include files. Thanks to
Mark Andrews (
- Fix bpf compiler alignment bug on the alpha.
- Use autoconf to detect architectures that can't handle misaligned
- Added loopback support for snoop. Resulted from report Steve
Alexander (
v0.1 Fri Apr 28 18:11:03 PDT 1995
- Fixed compiler and optimizer bugs. The BPF filter engine uses unsigned
comparison operators, while the code generator and optimizer assumed
signed semantics in several places. Thanks to Charlie Slater
( for pointing this out.
- Removed FDDI ifdef's, they aren't really needed. Resulted from report
by Gary Veum (
- Add pcap-null.c which allows offline use of libpcap on systems that
don't support live package capture. This feature resulting from a
request from Jan van Oorschot (
- Make bpf_compile() reentrant. Fix thanks to Pascal Hennequin
- Port to GNU autoconf.
- Fix pcap-dlpi.c to work with isdn. Resulted from report by Flemming
Johansen (
- Handle multi-digit interface unit numbers (aka ppa's) under dlpi.
Resulted from report by Daniel Ehrlich (
- Fix pcap-dlpi.c to work in non-promiscuous mode. Resulted from report
by Jeff Murphy (
- Add support for "long jumps". Thanks to Jeffrey Mogul
- Fix minor problems when compiling with BDEBUG as noticed by Scott
Bertilson (
- Declare sys_errlist "const char *const" to avoid problems under
FreeBSD. Resulted from report by
v0.0.6 Fri Apr 28 04:07:13 PDT 1995
- Add missing variable declaration missing from 0.0.6
v0.0.5 Fri Apr 28 00:22:21 PDT 1995
- Workaround for problems when pcap_read() returns 0 due to the timeout
v0.0.4 Thu Apr 20 20:41:48 PDT 1995
- Change configuration to not use gcc v2 flags with gcc v1.
- Fixed a bug in pcap_next(); if pcap_dispatch() returns 0, pcap_next()
should also return 0. Thanks to Richard Stevens (
- Fixed configure to test for snoop before dlpi to avoid problems under
IRIX 5. Thanks to J. Eric Townsend (
- Hack around deficiency in Ultrix's make.
- Fix two bugs related to the Solaris pre-5.3.2 bufmod bug; handle
savefiles that have more than snapshot bytes of data in them (so we
can read old savefiles) and avoid writing such files.
- Added checkioctl which is used with gcc to check that the
"fixincludes" script has been run.
v0.0.3 Tue Oct 18 18:13:46 PDT 1994
- Fixed configure to test for snoop before dlpi to avoid problems under
IRIX 5. Thanks to J. Eric Townsend (
v0.0.2 Wed Oct 12 20:56:37 PDT 1994
- Implement timeout in the dlpi pcap_open_live(). Thanks to Richard
- Determine pcap link type from dlpi media type. Resulted from report
by Mahesh Jethanandani (
v0.0.1 Fri Jun 24 14:50:57 PDT 1994
- Fixed bug in nit_setflags() in pcap-snit.c. The streams ioctl timeout
wasn't being initialized sometimes resulting in an "NIOCSFLAGS:
Invalid argument" error under OSF/1. Reported by Matt Day
( and Danny Mitzel (
- Turn on FDDI support by default.
v0.0 Mon Jun 20 19:20:16 PDT 1994
- Initial release.
- Fixed bug with greater/less keywords, reported by Mark Andrews
- Fix bug where '|' was defined as BPF_AND instead of BPF_OR, reported
by Elan Amir (
- Machines with little-endian byte ordering are supported thanks to
Jeff Mogul.
- Add hack for version 2.3 savefiles which don't have caplen and len
swapped thanks to Vern Paxson.
- Added "&&" and "||" aliases for "and" and "or" thanks to Vern Paxson.
- Added length, inbound and outbound keywords.