Practical Jokes

Wireshark has many configuration options, and it can be configured to behave in completely unexpected ways. Assuming you can get access to someone's workstation when they're not looking, the following methods can cause quite a bit of confusion.

Disappearing Packets

Select View→Coloring Rules from the menu and create the following rule:

  • Name: (doesn't matter)
  • Filter string: frame
  • Foreground color: white
  • Background color: white

Make sure the filter is at the very top of the list. You'll end up with a display that looks like this:


The packets disappear because the display filter "frame" matches every packet. Setting the foreground and background to the same color (whether it's white, black, purple, or pink) makes the packet list unreadable.

Disappearing Protocols

Select Analyze→Enabled Protocols from the menu, click Disable All, and save. Wireshark will display everything it knows about each packet, but it won't be much:


Disappearing captures

Open the View menu and uncheck Packet List, Packet Details and Packet Bytes. Whenever your target opens a file or starts a capture nothing will show up, except for a count in the statusbar.

unchecked views.png

Fun in translation

When you know that people are working on captures files with predictable IP addresses (you know them all, like 192.168.1.x) you can install a hosts file with some fun network name translations. Be sure to enable network name translation in the preferences.

Next time they load up Wireshark to look at the capture from the SuperDandy SIP GW to the SuperDuper SIP phone they see Santa and Rudolph chatting.


Imported from on 2020-08-11 23:18:17 UTC

Same thing only different

Change the character set (ASCII -> EBCDIC) used to display the text section of Packet Bytes.
(Future: add something about "Payback is …". And punch cards.)
200909_Wiki_jokes_ASCII 200909_Wiki_jokes_EBCDIC