Wireshark Releases Major New Version

On Wednesday of last week, the Wireshark Foundation released a major new update for their very popular open source packet analyzer, Wireshark. This project has now reached version 2.0.0.

While this version does not include any security related fixes it does include a large amount of general bug fixes and introduces a new look to the program. A full list of changes is available here in the release notes. A summary of changes can be found in Gerald Combs’ blog post. A video introduction to this version is available here.

As mentioned in the release notes, the traditional look and feel (interface) of previous 1.12 (and earlier versions) will be removed in version 2.2. Since it is likely that future security fixes will only be made available for version 2.0.0 and newer, if you use Wireshark you should begin testing this new version before more widely using it for day to day activities.

For Linux distributions this update can be obtained using the operating systems standard package manager (if the latest version is not installed automatically you can instead compile the source code). This forum thread and this forum thread may also be helpful to you with installing Wireshark on your Linux based system.

For Mac OS X and Windows, the update is available within the downloads section of the Wireshark website. In addition, a detailed FAQ for Wireshark is available here.

As always, if Wireshark is installed on a critical production system or systems that contain your critical data, please back up your data before installing this update in order to prevent data loss in the rare event that an update causes unexpected issues.

Thank you.

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