Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Developing a dissector for MODBUS-based protocol
From: "Barnes, Pat" <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 10:06:11 +1000
Thanks for your advice - I hadn't seen the doc/ folder in the source
tree.

I've managed to get the dev environment up and running in windows
(VC2005) ... Although the 1.0.0 release wouldn't build due to a flex bug
(2493), r25469 is working fine thus far.

I don't think modifying the existing modbus dissector is the answer -
there will be *real* modbus traffic on the network as well.

It would be ideal if the modbus dissector could do its analysis first,
and our 'mbrpc' dissector would run afterwards if
(modbus_tcp.func_code==23&&modbus_tcp.write_addr>0x1000) is satisfied,
further interpreting the packet.

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected]
[mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Stephen Fisher
Sent: Tuesday, 24 June 2008 9:41 AM
To: Developer support list for Wireshark
Subject: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Developing a dissector for MODBUS-based
protocol

On Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 06:12:59PM +1000, Barnes, Pat wrote:

> The current modbus dissector is not suitable - it does not show the 
> data anywhere but in the raw output. I need to provide for example, 
> the name of the function in the packet summary, and the value of each 
> parameter by name in the detailed view.
> 
> My question is should I create the dissector as one that replaces 
> mbtcp (the modbus dissector), or as one that sits underneath mbtcp and

> re-processes (and relabels) those modbus packets that it recognises?

Can you extend the current modbus dissector to interpret the data you
need to see?

> Of course, I'm not really sure how to accomplish this second task, or 
> even really the first one. (I've read through 
> http://www.codeproject.com/KB/IP/custom_dissector.aspx and 
> http://www.wireshark.org/docs/wsdg_html_chunked/ChDissectAdd.html, and

> have started 'tinkering' thus far)

Make sure to read doc/README.developer too.  Check out the latest source
code from the SVN repository and set up your development environment.  
Are you going to be programming on Windows or Unix?  
http://www.wireshark.org/docs/wsdg_html_chunked/ChapterSetup.html should
help you get going with the dev environment (if you don't already have
one set up), but is mainly focused on Windows.


Steve
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