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Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7Uses
- Analyze network problems.
- Detect network intrusion attempts.
- Gain information for effecting a network intrusion.
- Monitor network usage.
- Gather and report network statistics.
- Filter suspect content from network traffic.
- Spy on other network users and collect sensitive information such as passwords (depending on any content encryption methods which may be in use)
- Reverse engineer protocols used over the network.
- Debug client/server communications.
- A packet sniffer for a token ring network could detect that the token has been lost or the presence of too many tokens (verifying the protocol).
- A packet sniffer could detect that messages are being sent to a network adapter; if the network adapter did not report receiving the messages then this would localize the failure to the adapter.
- A packet sniffer could detect excessive messages being sent by a port, detecting an error in the implementation.
- A packet sniffer could collect statistics on the amount of traffic (number of messages) from a process detecting the need for more bandwidth or a better method.
- A packet sniffer could be used to extract messages and reassemble into a complete form the traffic from a process, allowing it to be reverse engineered.
Information from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packet_sniffer.