View Full Version : [SOLVED] [python] decoding raw TCP packets

November 7th, 2009, 01:07 AM
I have previously used libpcap/pcapy for packet sniffing but am currently investigating using raw sockets instead so that i don't have to depend on pcapy. Currently using the following code to sniff incoming TCP packets:


from select import select
import socket
from impacket import ImpactDecoder

class Sniffer(object):
def __init__(self):
proto = socket.getprotobyname('tcp')
sock = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_RAW, proto)
sock.setsockopt(socket.IPPROTO_IP, socket.IP_HDRINCL, 1)
self.sockets = [sock]
self.decoder = ImpactDecoder.IPDecoder()

def start(self):
"""start the main loop"""
while len(self.sockets) > 0:
recv = select(self.sockets, [], [], 30)[0] # 30 sec timeout
if len(recv) > 0:
sck = recv[0]
packet = sck.recvfrom(4096)[0]
if len(packet) == 0:
# socket closed remotely
# packet received - decode
packet = self.decoder.decode(packet)
print packet

This works fine, but i now have a dependency on the impacket library. I'm not very familiar with networking and packet structures - is there any way i can decode these packets with pure python code? If i attempt to print the raw packet before passing it to IPDecoder, it messes up the Terminal. I'm assuming it is binary data or something?

November 7th, 2009, 04:57 PM
Problem resolved by looking at the source of ImpactDecoder.py and ImpactPacket.py.