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Wireshark 1.6.12 Release Notes

What is Wireshark?

Wireshark is the world's most popular network protocol analyzer. It is used for troubleshooting, analysis, development and education.

What's New

Bug Fixes

The following vulnerability has been fixed.

  • wnpa-sec-2012-31

    The USB dissector could go into an infinite loop. (Bug 7787)

    Versions affected: 1.8.0 to 1.8.3, 1.6.0 to 1.6.11.

  • wnpa-sec-2012-35

    The ISAKMP dissector could crash. (Bug 7855)

    Versions affected: 1.8.0 to 1.8.3, 1.6.0 to 1.6.11.

  • wnpa-sec-2012-36

    The iSCSI dissector could go into an infinite loop. (Bug 7858)

    Versions affected: 1.8.0 to 1.8.3, 1.6.0 to 1.6.11.

  • wnpa-sec-2012-37

    The WTP dissector could go into an infinite loop. (Bug 7869)

    Versions affected: 1.8.0 to 1.8.3, 1.6.0 to 1.6.11.

  • wnpa-sec-2012-38

    The RTCP dissector could go into an infinite loop. (Bug 7879)

    Versions affected: 1.8.0 to 1.8.3, 1.6.0 to 1.6.11.

  • wnpa-sec-2012-40

    The ICMPv6 dissector could go into an infinite loop. (Bug 7844)

    Versions affected: 1.8.0 to 1.8.3, 1.6.0 to 1.6.11.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • The HTTP dissector does not reassemble headers when the first TCP segment does not contain a full header line.

  • Menu and Title bars inaccessible using GTK2 (non-legacy) with two monitors. (Bug 553)

  • 802.11 Probe Response fails to parse. (Bug 1284)

  • Corrupted tpncp.dat file that crashes Wireshark. (Bug 6665)

  • SMB 2.x Read Request parsing is wrong starting at Channel. (Bug 7790)

  • Dissection of IEEE 802.11 Channel Switch Announcement element fails. (Bug 7797)

  • Invalid memory accesses when loading radius captures. (Bug 7803)

  • ISUP CIC should have format BASE_DEC, not BASE_HEX. (Bug 7848)

  • Error in AUXILIARY SECURITY HEADER Parsing for 802.15.4 in dissect_ieee802154_common function. (Bug 7864)

  • When cancelling creation of new coloring rule, old one is deleted. (Bug 7913)

  • Misspelling (typo) in IPv6 display filter field name. (Bug 8006)

  • Core dumped during sctp association analysis. (Bug 8011)

New and Updated Features

There are no new features in this release.

New Protocol Support

There are no new protocols in this release.

Updated Protocol Support


New and Updated Capture File Support

CommView NCF

Getting Wireshark

Wireshark source code and installation packages are available from

Vendor-supplied Packages

Most Linux and Unix vendors supply their own Wireshark packages. You can usually install or upgrade Wireshark using the package management system specific to that platform. A list of third-party packages can be found on the download page on the Wireshark web site.

File Locations

Wireshark and TShark look in several different locations for preference files, plugins, SNMP MIBS, and RADIUS dictionaries. These locations vary from platform to platform. You can use About→Folders to find the default locations on your system.

Known Problems

Wireshark might make your system disassociate from a wireless network on OS X 10.4. (Bug 1315)

Dumpcap might not quit if Wireshark or TShark crashes. (Bug 1419)

The BER dissector might infinitely loop. (Bug 1516)

Capture filters aren't applied when capturing from named pipes. (Bug 1814)

Filtering tshark captures with display filters (-R) no longer works. (Bug 2234)

The 64-bit Windows installer does not ship with libsmi. (Win64 development page)

"Closing File!" Dialog Hangs. (Bug 3046)

Application crash when changing real-time option. (Bug 4035)

Hex pane display issue after startup. (Bug 4056)

Packet list rows are oversized. (Bug 4357)

Summary pane selected frame highlighting not maintained. (Bug 4445)

Wireshark and TShark will display incorrect delta times when displayed as a custom column. (Bug 4985)

Getting Help

Community support is available on Wireshark's Q&A site and on the wireshark-users mailing list. Subscription information and archives for all of Wireshark's mailing lists can be found on the web site.

Official Wireshark training and certification are available from Wireshark University.

Frequently Asked Questions

A complete FAQ is available on the Wireshark web site.