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Wireshark 1.6.2 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 vulnerabilities have been fixed.

  • wnpa-sec-2011-12

    A large loop in the OpenSafety dissector could cause a crash. (Bug 6138)

    Versions affected: 1.6.0 to 1.6.1.

  • wnpa-sec-2011-13

    A malformed IKE packet could consume excessive resources.

    Versions affected: 1.4.0 to 1.4.8, 1.6.0 to 1.6.1.


  • wnpa-sec-2011-14

    A malformed capture file could result in an invalid root tvbuff and cause a crash. (Bug 6135)

    Versions affected: 1.6.0 to 1.6.1.

  • wnpa-sec-2011-15

    Wireshark could run arbitrary Lua scripts. (Bug 6136)

    Versions affected: 1.4.0 to 1.4.8, 1.6.0 to 1.6.1.

  • wnpa-sec-2011-16

    The CSN.1 dissector could crash. (Bug 6139)

    Versions affected: 1.6.0 to 1.6.1.

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • configure ignores (partially) LDFLAGS. (Bug 5607)

  • Build fails when it tries to #include <getopt.h>, not present in Solaris 9. (Bug 5608)

  • Unable to configure zero length SNMP Engine ID. (Bug 5731)

  • BACnet who-is request device range values are not decoded correctly in the packet details window. (Bug 5769)

  • H.323 RAS packets missing from packet counts in "Telephony->VoIP Calls" and the "Flow Graph" for the call. (Bug 5848)

  • Wireshark crashes if sercosiii module isn't installed. (Bug 6006)

  • Editcap could create invalid pcap files when converting from JPEG. (Bug 6010)

  • Timestamp is incorrectly decoded for ICMP Timestamp Response packets from MS Windows. (Bug 6114)

  • Malformed Packet in decode for BGP-AD update. (Bug 6122)

  • Wrong display of CSN_BIT in CSN.1. (Bug 6151)

  • Fix CSN_RECURSIVE_TARRAY last bit error in packet-csn1.c. (Bug 6166)

  • Wireshark cannot display Reachable time & Retrans timer in IPv6 RA messages. (Bug 6168)

  • ReadPropertyMultiple-ACK not correctly dissected. (Bug 6178)

  • GTPv2 dissectors should treat gtpv2_ccrsi as optional. (Bug 6183)

  • BGP : AS_PATH attribute was decode wrong. (Bug 6188)

  • Fixes for SCPS TCP option. (Bug 6194)

  • Offset calculated incorrectly for sFlow extended data. (Bug 6219)

  • [Enter] key behavior varies when manually typing display filters. (Bug 6228)

  • Contents of pcapng EnhancedPacketBlocks with comments aren't displayed. (Bug 6229)

  • Misdecoding 3G Neighbour Cell Information Element in SI2quater message due to a coding typo. (Bug 6237)

  • Mis-spelled word "unknown" in assorted files. (Bug 6244)

  • tshark run with -Tpdml makes a seg fault. (Bug 6245)

  • btl2cap extended window shows wrong bit. (Bug 6257)

  • NDMP dissector incorrectly represents "ndmp.bytes_left_to_read" as signed. (Bug 6262)

  • TShark/dumpcap skips capture duration flag occasionally. (Bug 6280)

  • File types with no snaplen written out with a zero snaplen in pcap-ng files. (Bug 6289)

  • Wireshark improperly parsing 802.11 Beacon Country Information tag. (Bug 6264)

  • ERF records with extension headers not written out correctly to pcap or pcap-ng files. (Bug 6265)

  • RTPS2: MAX_BITMAP_SIZE is defined incorrectly. (Bug 6276)

  • Copying from RTP stream analysis copies 1st line many times. (Bug 6279)

  • Wrong display of CSN_BIT under CSN_UNION. (Bug 6287)

  • MEGACO context tracking fix - context id reuse. (Bug 6311)

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, pcap-ng, JPEG.

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)

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 in some cases. (Bug 4985 and bug 5580)

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.

Training is available from Wireshark University.

Frequently Asked Questions

A complete FAQ is available on the Wireshark web site.