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. server1.domain.com"
	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}"