Paltalk is an internet chat service for text, voice and video chatting. The Paltalk Messenger program is in a free, banner-supported format. It has an ad-free version that requires users to subscribe. Paltalk is only available to users of Microsoft Windows. The program now identifies itself as PaltalkScene, a change that was made in September 2007.
Paltalk protocols and official Paltalk applications have been proprietary since their introduction. It seems there exists no open source project which implements it, even partially.
XXX - Add example decoded traffic for Paltalk protocol here (as plain text or Wireshark screenshot).
Wireshark includes a preliminary Paltalk dissector since version 1.2.0.
(XXX add links to preference settings affecting how Paltalk is dissected).
Example capture file
XXX - Add a simple example capture file to the SampleCaptures page and link from here (see below). Keep this file short, it's also a good idea to gzip it to make it even smaller, as Wireshark can open gzipped files automatically.
Show only the Paltalk based traffic:
You cannot directly filter Paltalk protocols while capturing. However, if you know the TCP port used (see above), you can filter on that one.
The Wireshark dissector mentioned above automatically filters Paltalk traffic using source and destination IP address.
http://www.paltalk.com/ Paltalk official site
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paltalk Wikipedia page on Paltalk
http://paltalk.wikidot.com/ An unofficial effort to document Paltalk protocols
http://www.locohacker.net/instant-messenger/ There are some discussion about the protocol in locohacker.net forums