Wireshark-dev: [Wireshark-dev] GSoC 2013 Project Proposal for Root permissions in wireshark
From: Surbhi Jain <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:36:14 +0545
Hi all,

I came across the project "Root permissions" in wireshark. i downloaded wireshark on my ubuntu PC in order to capture the packets. I was unable to select any interface as I was not logged in as root. The permissions of file /usr/bin/dumpcap needs to be changed as 775 or 777 in order to view the interfaces and capture the packets.

In order for a normal user to capture and view packets, the permission of dumpcap file should implicitly be 775 or all the files must be present in the home directory of currently logged in user. As the capturing of packets on a system is user dependent. 

Surbhi Jain
3rd year , Computer Science Engineering
University School of  Information & Communication Technology
Contact Email ID - [email protected]