Monday, October 18, 2010

httpry: Packet sniffer

httpry is a tool specialized for the analysis of web traffic. The tool itself can be used to capture traffic (httpry -o file) but other other tools are better suited for that such as tcpdump, Snort, Sguil. When it comes to finding out if certain types of files were downloaded via http, this tool does a super job. It can be used in combination with regular expressions (Regex) to find if a file, a script or a malware was downloaded from site or by a host and will ignore everything else. Whether the http traffic is using port 80, 443, 8080, etc, it will parse and display all the web traffic using this simple command
httpry is a specialized packet sniffer designed for displaying and logging HTTP traffic. It is not intended to perform analysis itself, but to capture, parse, and log the traffic for later analysis. It can be run in real-time displaying the traffic as it is parsed, or as a daemon process that logs to an output file. It is written to be as lightweight and flexible as possible, so that it can be easily adaptable to different applications.
What can you do with it? Here's a few ideas:
  • See what users on your network are requesting online
  • Check for proper server configuration (or improper, as the case may be)
  • Research patterns in HTTP usage
  • Watch for dangerous downloaded files
  • Verify the enforcement of HTTP policy on your network
  • Extract HTTP statistics out of saved capture files
  • It's just plain fun to watch in realtime
download link: click here