[Bro] 802.11 link headers?

Dan Klinedinst dklinedinst at lbl.gov
Tue Aug 2 11:00:09 PDT 2011

Thanks for reminding me - I forgot that the header size will, at a
minimum, change if you use WEP/WPA*.  I'll take a look at this some
more and see if I can write a patch to cover all the cases (at least
without the radio headers).


On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 1:11 PM, Gregor Maier <gregor at icir.org> wrote:
> On 8/1/11 22:01 , Dan Klinedinst wrote:
>> It turns out that if you force tcpdump to output IEEE802_11 (without
>> the _RADIO), you get a standard, fixed-length 802.11 header of 32
>> bytes.  I added an entry for that in get_link_header_size() in
>> PktSrc.cc and now Bro works like a charm on live WiFi traffic.  I'll
>> submit a patch tomorrow.
> Cool!
> Note however that libpcap's filter code generation treats both IEEE802_11
> and IEEE802_11_RADIO as having a variable length header. It might well be
> that the variable part only varies between drivers, so it might be a
> constant 32 bytes with your NIC but not necessarily with others. (I might be
> wrong though. I didn't find a specification for these DLT's just guessing
> from glancing at libpcap)
> cu
> gregor
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Dan Klinedinst
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
dklinedinst at lbl.gov

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