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werty2010
June 13th, 2011, 01:45 PM
i'm asking this because of the root privileges it's using..

3rdalbum
June 13th, 2011, 03:40 PM
With every new piece of software you install, there is an added security risk. With every additional piece of software that runs as root there is more security risk.

However, my understanding of Iptraf is that it doesn't actually listen for any incoming connections, so it should probably be fairly safe from remote attack.

My biggest concern with Iptraf is that it seems to be awfully old. The official web page hasn't been updated since 2005 - that's ancient in Linux terms. Will the author be maintaining the program if any flaws are found? I've seen references to iptraf-ng which is apparently a fork, so that might be the better option.

werty2010
June 13th, 2011, 04:17 PM
i couldn't find iptraf-ng to repos(center+synaptic).
is there anything else similar i can use to monitor the traffic?