Wireshark-bugs: [Wireshark-bugs] [Bug 7355] Showing IPv6 Hdr Ext Length instead of the full leng
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2012 10:22:29 -0700 (PDT)
https://bugs.wireshark.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=7355

Chidambaram Arunachalam <[email protected]> changed:

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--- Comment #5 from Chidambaram Arunachalam <[email protected]> 2012-06-16 10:22:28 PDT ---
(In reply to comment #3)
> (In reply to comment #2)
> > Created attachment 8583 [details]
> > Patch decoding the Hdr Ext Length field as specified in the IPv6 RFC (v2)
> > 
> > Patch decoding the Hdr Ext Length field as specified in the IPv6 RFC.
> 
> Well, personally I don't particularly like this patch.  I think Wireshark's job
> is to help translate raw data into meaningful data. 

IMHO, the objective of a dissector is to first display the correct value of a
given field as defined by the RFC. This is specifically true if we are using
the same field name, for example "Length" in this scenario. The end-user
looking at the dissector output doesn't need to always know the actual length,
it is something to be interpreted by the software processing the packet.

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