Wireshark 1.4.4 Release Notes

What is Wireshark?

Wireshark is the world's most popular network protocol analyzer. It is used for troubleshooting, analysis, development and education.

What's New

Bug Fixes

The following vulnerabilities have been fixed. See the security advisory for details and a workaround.

  • Huzaifa Sidhpurwala of the Red Hat Security Response Team discovered that Wireshark could free an uninitialized pointer while reading a malformed pcap-ng file. (Bug 5652)

    Versions affected: 1.2.0 to 1.2.14 and 1.4.0 to 1.4.3.


  • Huzaifa Sidhpurwala of the Red Hat Security Response Team discovered that a large packet length in a pcap-ng file could crash Wireshark. (Bug 5661)

    Versions affected: 1.2.0 to 1.2.14 and 1.4.0 to 1.4.3.

  • Wireshark could overflow a buffer while reading a Nokia DCT3 trace file.

    Versions affected: 1.2.0 to 1.2.14 and 1.4.0 to 1.4.3.


  • Paul Makowski working for SEI/CERT discovered that Wireshark on 32 bit systems could crash while reading a malformed 6LoWPAN packet. (Bug 5722)

    Versions affected: 1.4.0 to 1.4.3.

  • joernchen of Phenoelit discovered that the LDAP and SMB dissectors could overflow the stack. (Bug 5717)

    Versions affected: 1.2.0 to 1.2.14 and 1.4.0 to 1.4.3. (Prior versions including 1.0.x are also affected.)

  • Xiaopeng Zhang of Fortinet's Fortiguard Labs discovered that large LDAP Filter strings can consume excessive amounts of memory. (Bug 5732)

    Versions affected: 1.2.0 to 1.2.14 and 1.4.0 to 1.4.3. (Prior versions including 1.0.x are also affected.)

The following bugs have been fixed:

  • A TCP stream would not always be recognized as the same stream. (Bug 2907)

  • Wireshark Crashing by pressing 2 Buttons. (Bug 4645)

  • A crash can occur in the NTLMSSP dissector. (Bug 5157)

  • The column texts from a Lua dissector could be mangled. (Bug 5326) (Bug 5630)

  • Corrections to ANSI MAP ASN.1 specifications. (Bug 5584)

  • When searching in packet bytes, the field and bytes are not immediately shown. (Bug 5585)

  • Malformed Packet: ULP reported when dissecting ULP SessionID PDU. (Bug 5593)

  • Wrong IEI in container of decode_gtp_mm_cntxt. (Bug 5598)

  • Display filter does not work for expressions of type BASE_DEC, BASE_DEC_HEX and BASE_HEX_DEC. (Bug 5606)

  • NTLMSSP dissector may fail to compile due to space embedded in C comment delimiters. (Bug 5614)

  • Allow for name resolution of link-scope and multicast IPv6 addresses from local host file. (Bug 5615)

  • DHCPv6 dissector formats DUID_LLT time incorrectly. (Bug 5627)

  • Allow for IEEE 802.3bc-2009 style PoE TLVs. (Bug 5639)

  • Various fixes to the HIP packet dissector. (Bug 5646)

  • Display "Day of Year" for January 1 as 1, not 0. (Bug 5653)

  • Accommodate the CMake build on Ubuntu 10.10. (Bug 5665)

  • E.212 MCC 260 Poland update according to local national regulatory. (Bug 5668)

  • IPP on ports other than 631 not recognized. (Bug 5677)

  • Potential access violation when writing to LANalyzer files. (Bug 5698)

  • IEEE 802.15.4 Superframe Specification - Final CAP Slot always 0. (Bug 5700)

  • Peer SRC and DST AS numbers are swapped for cflow. (Bug 5702)

  • dumpcap: -q option behavior doesn't match documentation. (Bug 5716)

New and Updated Features

There are no new features in this release.

New Protocol Support

There are no new protocols in this release.

Updated Protocol Support

ANSI MAP, BitTorrent, DCM, DHCPv6, DTAP, DTPT, E.212, GSM Management, GTP, HIP, IEEE 802.15.4, IPP, LDAP, LLDP, Netflow, NTLMSSP, P_Mul, Quake, Skinny, SMB, SNMP, ULP

New and Updated Capture File Support

LANalyzer, Nokia DCT3, Pcap-ng

Getting Wireshark

Wireshark source code and installation packages are available from http://www.wireshark.org/download.html.

Vendor-supplied Packages

Most Linux and Unix vendors supply their own Wireshark packages. You can usually install or upgrade Wireshark using the package management system specific to that platform. A list of third-party packages can be found on the download page on the Wireshark web site.

File Locations

Wireshark and TShark look in several different locations for preference files, plugins, SNMP MIBS, and RADIUS dictionaries. These locations vary from platform to platform. You can use About->Folders to find the default locations on your system.

Known Problems

Wireshark might make your system disassociate from a wireless network on OS X 10.4. (Bug 1315)

Dumpcap might not quit if Wireshark or TShark crashes. (Bug 1419)

The BER dissector might infinitely loop. (Bug 1516)

Capture filters aren't applied when capturing from named pipes. (Bug 1814)

Filtering tshark captures with display filters (-R) no longer works. (Bug 2234)

The 64-bit Windows installer does not ship with the same libraries as the 32-bit installer. (Bug 3610)

Hex pane display issue after startup. (Bug 4056)

Packet list rows are oversized. (Bug 4357)

Summary pane selected frame highlighting not maintained. (Bug 4445)

Getting Help

Community support is available on Wireshark's Q&A site and on the wireshark-users mailing list. Subscription information and archives for all of Wireshark's mailing lists can be found on the web site.

Training is available from Wireshark University.

Frequently Asked Questions

A complete FAQ is available on the Wireshark web site.

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