Wireshark-dev: Re: [Wireshark-dev] Plan to make NPcap available for Wireshark
From: Yang Luo <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:06:18 +0800
Good question, Graham. This is simply because WinPcap has taken the System32\SysWow64 dirs and NPcap wants to coexist with WinPcap. As NPcap has the same file names (wpcap.dll and packet.dll) for compatibility, we just can't put the the-same-name files in the same folder with WinPcap. Though I personally prefer the way to "Make NPcap and WinPcap mutually exclusive" (this needs user softwares like Wireshark and Nmap nothing to change),  coexisting way has also its benefits, and finally we chose the latter.

Cheers,
Yang

On Sun, Jul 5, 2015 at 1:28 AM, Graham Bloice <[email protected]> wrote:
Out of interest why does NPcap not place its DLL's in System32\SysWow64 as that is on the standard DLL search path?



On 4 July 2015 at 17:28, Yang Luo <[email protected]> wrote:
Hi Pascal, I hold the same opinion with you, because a user installing NPcap implies that he wants to use it, I think I will make it this way:)

Cheers,
Yang

On Sat, Jul 4, 2015 at 6:07 PM, Pascal Quantin <[email protected]> wrote:


Le 4 juil. 2015 4:26 AM, "Yang Luo" <[email protected]> a écrit :
>
> Hi list,
>
> Given that current Wireshark can't make use of NPcap because of the DLL search path problem mentioned in https://www.wireshark.org/lists/wireshark-dev/201506/msg00030.html, I'd like to make a patch for Wireshark. As it is a security consideration that Wireshark don't want to search the DLLs in the Windows way. My plan is to explicitly add the NPcap path to Wireshark's DLL search logic. NPcap uses the "C:\Windows\System32\NPcap" and "C:\Windows\SysWow64\NPcap" to store its DLLs (WinPcap uses "C:\Windows\System32" and "C:\Windows\SysWow64" directly). As it is a sub directory of System32 folder. Its access control policy is the same with System32, and there should be no security problem I think. The second question is if WinPcap and NPcap are both available in a system, which will be loaded first? I'd like to hear your opinions:)
>
> Cheers,
> Yang
>

Hi Yang,

As WinPcap is older and could be installed for other programs, on my side I would consider NPcap has having higher precedence and be loaded first.

Best regards,
Pascal.


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