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sniffglue Build Status Crates.io

sniffglue is a network sniffer written in rust. Network packets are parsed concurrently using a thread pool to utilize all cpu cores. Project goals are that you can run sniffglue securely on untrusted networks and that it must not crash when processing packets. The output should be as useful as possible by default.



# sniff with default filters (dhcp, dns, tls, http)
sniffglue enp0s25
# increase the filter sensitivity (arp)
sniffglue -v enp0s25
# increase the filter sensitivity (cjdns, ssdp, dropbox, packets with valid utf8)
sniffglue -vv enp0s25
# almost everything
sniffglue -vvv enp0s25
# everything
sniffglue -vvvv enp0s25


Packaging status

Arch Linux

pacman -S sniffglue


brew install sniffglue


First included in debian bullseye, ubuntu 21.04.

apt install sniffglue


apk add sniffglue


layman -a pentoo
emerge --ask net-analyzer/sniffglue


nix-env -i sniffglue

GNU Guix

guix install sniffglue

Fedora/RHEL/CentOS/CentOS Stream

dnf copr enable atim/sniffglue -y
dnf install sniffglue

From source

To build from source make sure you have libpcap and libseccomp installed. On debian based systems:

# install the dependencies
sudo apt install libpcap-dev libseccomp-dev
# install rust with rustup
curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf https://sh.rustup.rs | sh
source $HOME/.cargo/env
# install sniffglue and test it
cargo install sniffglue
sniffglue --help

Or you can build a Debian package via cargo-deb:

cargo deb


  • ethernet
  • ipv4
  • ipv6
  • arp
  • tcp
  • udp
  • icmp
  • http
  • tls
  • dns
  • dhcp
  • cjdns eth beacons
  • ssdp
  • dropbox beacons
  • ppp
  • 802.11


You can build sniffglue as a docker image to debug container setups. The image is currently about 11.1MB. It is recommended to push it to your own registry.

docker build -t sniffglue .
docker run -it --init --rm --net=host sniffglue eth0

Building documentation

scdoc < docs/sniffglue.1.scd > docs/sniffglue.1


To report a security issue please contact kpcyrd on ircs://irc.hackint.org.


To ensure a compromised process doesn't compromise the system, sniffglue uses seccomp to restrict the syscalls that can be used after the process started. This is done in two stages, first at the very beginning (directly after env_logger initialized) and once after the sniffer has been setup, but before packets are read from the network.


During the second stage, there's also some general hardening that is applied before all unneeded syscalls are finally disabled. Those are system specific, so a configuration file is read from /etc/sniffglue.conf. This config file specifies an empty directory for chroot and an unprivileged account in user that is used to drop root privileges.


This project includes a small boxxy-rs based shell that can be used to explore the sandbox at various stages during and after initialization. This is also used by travis to ensure the sandbox actually blocks syscalls.

cargo run --example boxxy

Reproducible builds

This project is tested using reprotest. Currently the following variations are excluded:

  • -time - needed because the crates.io cert expires in the future
  • -domain_host - requires root for unshare(2) and has been excluded

Don't forget to install the build dependencies.



The packet processing of sniffglue can be fuzzed using cargo-fuzz. Everything you should need is provided in the fuzz/ directory that is distributed along with its source code. Please note that this program links to libpcap which is not included in the current fuzzing configuration.

cargo fuzz run read_packet




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