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April 19, 2005, 9:15 pm
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unencrypted TCP traffic. The app is available from
http://www.covelight.com/downloads.php and is called ClearWatch.
The app runs under Windows and Linux (you need java 1.5) and sniffs
traffic from the network adapter of your choice (like tcpdump). The GUI
for the app shows TCP connections and then shows the packets that have
been sent and received on each connection. When there are multiple
packets sent in the same "direction" they are grouped together and their
payloads are merged in the view. For instance you can see complete HTTP
requests and responses even when they are split across multiple packets.
If you want to monitor HTTPS traffic, or secure mail traffic, etc. You
can supply the private key used by the server and ClearWatch will
decrypt the SSL traffic for you. For instance, when you go to view the
HTTPS responses, you will see the plain text traffic.
The tool is in an early phase, so we'd love to hear your feedback.