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Packet Crafting – and how to to go about it

There are many reason one may want to to delve into packet building, i.e. the building of raw data packets to send into a network. Security testing, responsiveness checks, or even special communications, no matter what, you may need them.

Fortunately, there are a few free tools that may help. Each of the tools listed allow packet generation.

The salient point about the ones I have given is that they are all Windows compatible, unlike most of the rest, which are Linux-only tools.

The first two work from commandline, and the other two have GUIs. But be wary: none of them is for the novice. You need to know a god bit about networks to use them – but then again, unless you do, there’s probably no reason you would want to either.

And you will need WinPcap (a free socket tool for Windows) to use the first three.

Note: The links are not given as these tend to vary very rapidly. Google the names.

  1. Hping3
  2. Nemesis
  3. PackEth
  4. Colasoft Packet Builder
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