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Re: [Wireshark-dev] Verification of user when running Wireshark

From: Jaap Keuter <jaap.keuter_at_nospam>
Date: Tue Oct 19 2010 - 08:59:53 GMT
To: Developer support list for Wireshark <wireshark-dev@wireshark.org>

On 19 okt. 2010, at 08:53, Guy Harris <guy@alum.mit.edu> wrote:

> On Oct 18, 2010, at 10:01 PM, Jaap Keuter wrote:
>> Guy is right, the GPL voids this approach. Any Wireshark API call from your dissector makes it applicable, and I can't envision a plugin without one.
>> You do have proto_mark_private() which limits exposure of your plugin, by blocking Wiki access for your protocol fields.
> ...not that, if your protocol is private, you should have any documentation of it in the (public!) Wireshark Wiki anyway, so that's more of a UI politeness feature than a protection feature (after all, somebody could just build a version of Wireshark with proto_mark_private() stubbed out).

Of course it's not a prevention on distribution of the code itself, but plugs a possible information leak when a careless user likes to create wiki entries.

Any layer of information protection may be beneficial to help convince "the management" to support Wireshark use and development.

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