Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI)

From RFC 3720: "The Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI) is a popular family of protocols for communicating with I/O devices, especially storage devices.... The iSCSI protocol describes a means of transporting of the SCSI packets over TCP/IP, providing for an interoperable solution which can take advantage of existing Internet infrastructure, Internet management facilities and address distance limitations."


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Internet Archive: IBM Project Page

Protocol dependencies

Example traffic

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Sample Capture scsi-osd-example-001.pcap in Wireshark 3.2.6 200916_iSCSI


The iSCSI dissector is fully functional. It supports drafts 8, 9, 11, 12 and 13. As far as the packet format is concerned draft 13 is identical to the official standard in RFC3720. (Rolled into RFC7143 )

Preference Settings

For general use, it is best to have iSCSI desegmentation on and TCP desegmentation on. The dissector will automatically detect whether HeaderDigest is used or not for all supported versions of the protocol but not Datadigest. You need to make sure the correct setting is used in preferences for whether DataDigest is used or not or Wireshark will fail to decode the packets properly.

Update: The preferences were reworked to automatically detect digests:

Example capture file

SAN Protocol Captures (iSCSI, ATAoverEthernet, FibreChannel, SCSI-OSD and other SAN related protocols)

XXX - Add a simple example capture file to the SampleCaptures page and link from here. Keep it short, it's also a good idea to gzip it to make it even smaller, as Wireshark can open gzipped files automatically.

Display Filter

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

Show only iSCSI traffic:


Capture Filter

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

Capture iSCSI traffic over the default port (3260):

 tcp port 3260 

External links


I think RFC3720 PDU format is identical to draft13 anyone know for sure? ronnie s

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