Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Copying TVBs for Reassembly [Was: Filebacked-tvbuffs : GSoC'
From: ronnie sahlberg <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:23:28 -0700
I dont think composite tvbs actually work.   or at least they didnt
work when we originally wrote the reassembly code.



On Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 12:14 PM, Evan Huus <[email protected]> wrote:
> This is a tangential issue that has always confused me.
>
> Why do we malloc+memcpy data for reassembly when we already have
> 'virtual' composite TVBs?
>
> Wouldn't it be more efficient (in time and memory) to create a
> composite TVB for each reassembly and then build the reassembled
> packet in it? You would never have to copy or allocate any actual
> packet data...
>
> Or am I misunderstanding how composite TVBs actually work?
>
> Thanks,
> Evan
>
> P.S. Clearly some protocols where the payload is XORed or hashed
> wouldn't be able to do this, but most protocols doing reassembly just
> carry the raw payload bytes.
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