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The official description of ZRTP is 'Media Path Key Agreement for Secure RTP'. It's a protocol to exchange and verify end-to-end encryption keys for voice communications.


ZRTP is being developed by Philip Zimmermann (Mr. PGP), Alan Johnston and Jon Callas as alternative to the various encryption signaling protocols with specifically the End-to-End argument in mind.

Protocol dependencies

Example traffic

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The ZRTP dissector is fully functional. It supports the protocol versions 0.80, 0.85, 0.90, 0.95 and 1.0.

Preference Settings

The dissector has no preference settings. The RTP dissector has to set 'Treat RTP version 0 packets as' to 'Invalid or ZRTP'.

Example capture file

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Display Filter

A complete list of ZRTP display filter fields can be found in the display filter reference

Capture Filter

You cannot directly filter ZRTP protocols while capturing. However, if you know the UDP port used (see above), you can filter on that one.