Chaosreader – Trace TCP/UDP Sessions from tcpdump


A freeware tool to trace TCP/UDP sessions and fetch application data from snoop or tcpdump logs. This is a type of “any-snarf” program, as it will fetch telnet sessions, FTP files, HTTP transfers (HTML, GIF, JPEG), SMTP emails and so on from the captured data inside network traffic logs.

Similar to tcpflow which we mentioned recently.

A html index file is created that links to all the session details, including realtime replay programs for telnet, rlogin, IRC, X11 and VNC sessions; and reports such as image reports and HTTP GET/POST content reports. Chaosreader can also run in standalone mode – where it invokes tcpdump or snoop (if they are available) to create the log files and then processes them.

The cool thing about Chaosreader is that it outputs a nicely formatted HTML file to enable you to look at the extracted sessions a lot easier.

In this example, a snoop file was created while a website was loaded, telnet was used to login and ftp to transfer files. Chaosreader has managed to extract the HTTP sections, follow the telnet session, grab the FTP files, and create an Image Report from the snoop log. It has also created a replay program to playback the telnet session. You can see the example here.

You can find some more screenshots here.

You can download Chaosreader here:

Chaosreader 0.94

You can read more here.

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8 Responses to Chaosreader – Trace TCP/UDP Sessions from tcpdump

  1. dirty November 28, 2007 at 8:43 am #

    Cool…I like how you can easily view the webpages and images that victim, i mean end-user, has seen. I wonder what interesting pics you can capture with this. How do the replay files work? Im either up way to late(NYC) or you (darknet) are up way too early.

    Dont think i will have any free time to mess with this tomorrow but Ill check back for other’s comments.

  2. Reticent November 28, 2007 at 11:44 pm #

    Awesome, looks like something worth checking out. I’ve just recently been playing with urlsnarf which is part of the hping suite of tools. It’s good but doesn’t sound as fully featured as this one.

    I’m interested to know how big those html files blow out on a busy network – I can imagine you’d end up with a pretty chunky html file even with 30mins browsing a semi image intensive site, ebay for example.

  3. Darknet November 29, 2007 at 6:26 am #

    dirty: I live in Asia actually (GMT+8) so I normally post in the afternoon here so it’s up early morning stateside.

  4. Goodpeople November 30, 2007 at 11:42 am #

    This is fun. My students wille be going nuts if I show them this.. :-)

  5. File sniffer November 30, 2007 at 11:52 am #

    If you want to have a Windows application that can extract and store files sent with HTTP, SMB or TFTP then I would suggest using NetworkMiner. The application NetworkMiner is free and available as open source at SourceForge.

    See:
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/networkminer/

  6. Sir Henry December 14, 2007 at 5:58 pm #

    This is something that I should run on any of the “open” networks in my area to see just what skeletons are in the closets of those around whom I am located. This, too, is something I will have to add to my list of toys with which to play.

  7. Sigu March 5, 2008 at 11:54 am #

    Another tool similar to Chaosreader is xplico ( http://www.xplico.org )

  8. Pantagruel March 5, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    You could try curl but like chaosreader it requires a UNIX shell and Perl interpreter. Not all users/admins have shell access to a UNIX system, or are unable to install a Perl interpreter on their desktop.
    If so you could use the Firefox live headers plug-in to debug web-based app’s.

    Find it at:
    http://livehttpheaders.mozdev.org/

    Xplico is part of the DEFT ((acronym of “Digital Evidence & Forensic Toolkit)) distribution (http://deft.yourside.it/).

    @Darknet one to add to the list of toolkit distro’s