Wireshark's New 1.2

Jun 17, 2009

Wireshark 1.2 introduces a few "new and exciting" features for its network protocol analyzer software.

Wireshark's trend in its new release is toward geo-targeting features: the tool now does GeoIP database lookups on demand for geographic locations for IP addresses and integrates the results with OpenStreetMap. Printing them out is now easier with improved PostScript support.

Wireshark 1.2 also saves the last used configuration profile, compares IP packets and has Capinfos show the average packet rate. With Pcap-ng, it supports the next-generation capture file format. Also on board is the c-ares library, written in C, that resolves DNS names asynchronously and has claimed advantages over the GNU project's ADNS library. Not least of all, the new Wireshark includes new protocol support and recognizes more data formats than version 1.0.

The more visible features include a "spiffy" new start page, a 64-bit Windows installer and a more workable Mac OS version. A whole list of features and updates are on the project page, with the source code available from the download page.

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