Dec 122013

I have been using this script for a long time (maybe 13 years) with only very slight changes.  It was probably one of the first cool ideas I had for a way to track laptops issued to employees that might possibly be stolen.  Granted, today, we use full disk encryption and other cool things that almost makes this script obsolete….but in the event something does get stolen, we can always track it.

The script only requires a crontab entry and a way to send mail (I use ssmtp btw).

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Feb 052013

So I wrote this script because I often need to run tcpdump on a remote host and then view it in wireshark.  The old method was to run tcpdump on remote host, scp/rsync the file back to my local machine, open it in wireshark, view it.  This script saves a lot of time.  It assumes you are logging in as root and will need modified if you are running as a normal user (change root to your username and make sure you have sudo privileges for tcpdump)

# By Ed Wiget
# This runs tcpdump on a remote hosts and pipes it back locally to wireshark to view in realtime
# 20130205 - original script
if [ $1 == "" ]; then
	echo "What is the remote host by fqdn, i.e."
	read RHOST
wireshark -k -i <( ssh -l root ${RHOST} /usr/sbin/tcpdump -i eth0 -w - )
# after you kill wireshark, the tcpdump still runs on remove host...we need to kill it
PIDOF=`ssh root@${RHOST} "ps aux | grep [t]cpdump" | awk -F" " '{print$2}'`
echo "killing pid ${PIDOF} on ${RHOST}...please wait...."
ssh root@${RHOST} "pkill tcpdump"
# now we make sure it is killed
PIDOF2=`ssh root@${RHOST} "ps aux | grep [t]cpdump" | awk -F" " '{print$2}'`
if [ ${PIDOF2} == "" ]; then
	echo "pid check returns ${PIDOF2}"
	echo "pid check returns ${PIDOF2}"