Network Administration - Linux Kernel Networking: Implementation and Theory (2014)

Linux Kernel Networking: Implementation and Theory (2014)

APPENDIX B. Network Administration

This appendix reviews some of the most popular tools for network administration and debugging. These tools can help a lot in finding solutions to common problems and in developing, debugging, benchmarking, analyzing, troubleshooting, and researching network projects. Most of these tools have very good documentation resources, either with man pages or with wiki pages, and a lot of other information resources about them are on the Internet. Many of them have active mailing lists (for users and developers) and a bug reporting system. Some of the most commonly used tools are described here by specifying their purpose and relevant links, accompanied by several examples. The tools mentioned in this appendix appear in alphabetical order.


This command is for ARP table management. Example of usage:

You can display the ARP table by running arp from the command-line. arp –n will display the ARP table without name resolution.

You can add static entries to the ARP table by:

arp –s 00:e0:4c:11:22:33

The arp utility belongs to the net-tools package. Website:


A utility to send ARP requests. The –D flag is for Duplicate Address Detection (DAD). The arping utility belongs to the iputils package. Website:


A userspace tool for configuring rules for a Linux-based ARP rules firewall. Website:


A userspace tool for monitoring ARP traffic. Website:

ApacheBench (ab)

A command-line utility for measuring the performance of HTTP web servers. The ApacheBench tool is part of the Apache open source project. In many distributions (for example, Ubuntu) it is part of the apache2-utils package. Example of usage:

ab -n 100

The -n option is the number of requests to perform for the benchmarking session.


A command-line utility for administration of Ethernet bridges, enabling the setup of a bridge configuration. The brctl utility belongs to the bridge-utils package. Examples for usage:

· brctl addbr mybr: Add a bridge named mybr.

· brctl delbr mybr: Delete the bridge named mybr.

· brctl addif mybr eth1: Add the eth1 interface to the bridge.

· brctl delif mybr eth1: Delete the eth1 interface from the bridge.

· brctl show: Show information about the bridge and its attached ports.

The maintainer of the bridge-utils package is Stephen Hemminger. Fetching the git repository can be done by:

git clone git://



A set of userspace tools for management of netfilter connection tracking. It consists of a userspace daemon, conntrackd, and a command-line tool, conntrack. Website:


A utility for checkpoint/restore of a process. Website:


A userspace tool for configuring rules for a Linux-based bridging firewall. Website:


A utility to send Wake-On-LAN Magic Packets. The ether-wake utility belongs to the net-tools package.


The ethtool utility provides a way to query or control network driver and hardware settings, get statistics, get diagnostic information, and more. With ethtool you can control parameters of Ethernet devices, such as speed, duplex, auto-negotiation and flow control. Many features ofethtool require support in the network driver code.


· Output of ethtool eth0:

· Settings for eth0:
Supported ports: [ TP MII ]
Supported link modes: 10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
1000baseT/Half 1000baseT/Full
Supported pause frame use: No
Supports auto-negotiation: Yes
Advertised link modes: 10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
1000baseT/Half 1000baseT/Full
Advertised pause frame use: Symmetric Receive-only
Advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
Speed: 10Mb/s
Duplex: Half
Port: MII
Transceiver: internal
Auto-negotiation: on
Supports Wake-on: pumbg
Wake-on: g
Current message level: 0x00000033 (51)
drv probe ifdown ifup
Link detected: no

· Getting offload parameters is done by: ethtool –k eth1.

· Setting offload parameters is done by: ethtool –K eth1 offLoadParamater.

· Querying the network device for associated driver information is done by: ethtool -i eth1.

· Showing statistics is done by: ethtool -S eth1 (note that not all the network device drivers implement this feature).

· Show permanent hardware (MAC) address: ethtool -P eth0.

The development of ethtool is done by sending patches to the netdev mailing list. The maintainer of ethtool as of this writing is Ben Hutchings. The ethtool project is developed over a git repository. It can be downloaded by: git clone git://



A distributed version control system started by Linus Torvalds. Linux kernel development, as well as many Linux related projects, are managed by git. One can also use the git send-email command in order to send patches by mail. Website:


A command-line tool for configuring Bluetooth devices. With hciconfig, you can display information such as the Bluetooth interface type (BR/EDR or AMP), its Bluetooth address, its flags, and more. The hciconfig tool belongs to the bluez package. Example:

hci0: Type: BR/EDR Bus: USB
BD Address: 00:02:72:AA:FB:94 ACL MTU: 1021:7 SCO MTU: 64:1
RX bytes:964 acl:0 sco:0 events:41 errors:0
TX bytes:903 acl:0 sco:0 commands:41 errors:0



A command-line utility for dumping raw HCI data coming from and going to a Bluetooth device. The hcidump utility belongs to the bluez-hcidump package. Website:


A command-line utility for configuring Bluetooth connections and for sending some special commands to Bluetooth devices. For example, you can scan for nearby Bluetooth devices by: hcitool scan. The hcitool utility belongs to the bluez-hcidump package.


The ifconfig command allows you to configure various network interface parameters, including the IP address of the device, the MTU, the MAC address, the Tx queue length (txqueuelen), flags, and more. The ifconfig tool belongs to the net-tools package, which is older than the iproute2 package (discussed later in this appendix). Here are three examples of usage:

· ifconfig eth0 mtu 1300: Change the MTU to 1300.

· ifconfig eth0 txqueuelen 1100: Change the Tx Queue length to 1100.

· ifconfig eth0 –arp: Disable the ARP protocol on eth0.



A utility for attaching and detaching slave network devices to a bonding device. Bonding is putting multiple physical Ethernet devices into a single logical one, what is often termed as Link aggregation/Trunking/Link bundling. The source file is inDocumentation/networking/ifenslave.c. You can attach eth0, for example, to a bonding device bond0 by:

ifenslave bond0 eth0

The ifenslave utility belongs to the iputils package, maintained by Yoshifuji Hideaki. Website:


The iperf project is an open source project that provides a benchmarking tool to measure TCP and UDP bandwidth performance. It allows you to tune various parameters. The iperf tool reports bandwidth, delay jitter, and datagram loss. It was originally developed by the Distributed Applications Support Team (DAST) at the National Laboratory for Applied Network Research (NLANR) in C++. It works in a client-server model. A new implementation from scratch, iperf3, which is not backwards compatible with the original iperf, is available from The iperf3 is said to have a simpler code base. The iperf3 tool can report also the average CPU utilization of the client and the server.

Using iperf

Following is a simple example of using iperf for measuring TCP performance. On one device (which has an IP address of, run the next command, which starts the server side (by default, it is a TCP socket on port 5001):

iperf -s

On a second device, run the iperf TCP client to connect to the iperf server:

iperf -c

On the client side you will see the following:

Client connecting to, TCP port 5001
TCP window size: 22.9 KByte (default)
[ 3] local port 35146 connected with port 5001

The default time interval is 10 seconds. After 10 seconds, the client will be disconnected, and you will see a message like this on the terminal:

[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth
[ 3] 0.0-10.3 sec 7.62 MBytes 6.20 Mbits/sec

You can tune many parameters of iperf, like these:

· –u: For using a UDP socket.

· -t: For using a different time interval in seconds instead of the default of 10 seconds.

· -T: Sets a TTL for multicast (the default is 1).

· -B: Bind to a host, an interface, or a multicast address.

See man iperf. Website:


The iproute2 package provides many tools for interaction between the userspace and the kernel networking subsystem. The most well-known is the ip command. It is based on netlink sockets (discussed in Chapter 2). With the ip command, you can perform various operations in a wide range of networking areas, and it has numerous options; see man 8 ip. Here are several examples of using the ip command for various tasks:

· Configuration of a network device with ip addr:

· ip addr add dev eth0: Sets an IP address on eth0.

· ip addr show: Displays the addresses of all network interfaces (both IPv4 and IPv6).

See man ip address.

· Configuration of a network device with ip link:

· ip link add mybr type bridge: Creates a bridge named mybr.

· ip link add name myteam type team: Creates a teaming device named myteam. (The teaming device driver aggregates multiple physical Ethernet devices into one logical one and is in fact the new bonding device. The teaming driver is discussed inChapter 14.)

· ip link set eth1 mtu 1450: Sets the MTU of eth1 to be 1450.

See man ip link.

· Management of ARP tables (IPv4) and NDISC (IPv6) tables:

· ip neigh show: Shows both the IPv4 neighbouring table (ARP table) and the IPv6 neighbouring table.

· ip -6 neigh show: Shows only the IPv6 neighbouring table.

· ip neigh flush dev eth0: Removes all entries from the neighboring tables associated with eth0.

· ip neigh add dev eth2 lladdr 00:11:22:33:44:55 nud permanent: Adds a permanent neighbour entry (parallel to adding static entries in an ARP table).

· ip neigh change dev eth2 lladdr 55:44:33:22:11:00 nud permanent: Updates a neighbour entry.

See man ip neighbour.

· Management of the parameters for the neighbour tables:

· ip ntable show: Displays the neighbour tables parameters.

· ip ntable change name arp_cache locktime 1200 dev eth0: Changes the locktime parameter for the IPv4 neighbouring table associated with eth0.

See man ip ntable.

· Network namespaces management:

· ip netns add myNamespace: Adds a network namespace named myNamespace.

· ip netns del myNamespace: Deletes the network namespace named myNamespace.

· ip netns list: Shows all network namespaces on the host.

· ip netns monitor: Displays a line of screen for each network namespace that is added or removed by the ip netns command.

See man ip netns.

· Configuration of multicast addresses:

· ip maddr show: Shows all multicast addresses on the host (both IPv4 and IPv6).

· ip maddr add 00:10:02:03:04:05 dev eth1: Adds a multicast address on eth1.

See man ip maddress.

· Monitor netlink messages. For example:

· ip monitor route displays on the screen messages about various network events like adding or deleting a route.

See man ip monitor.

· Management of routing tables:

· ip route show: Shows the routing table.

· ip route flush dev eth1: Removes routing entries associated with eth1 from the routing table.

· ip route add default via Adds as a default gateway.

· ip route get Gets the route to and displays it.

See man ip route.

· Management of rules in the RPDB (Routing Policy DataBase). For example:

· ip rule add tos 0x02 table 200: Adds a rule that sets the routing subsystem to perform a lookup in routing table 252 for packets whose TOS value is 0x02 (TOS is a field in the IPv4 header).

· ip rule del tos 0x02 table 200: Deletes a specified rule from the RPDB.

· ip rule show: Displays the rules in the RPDB.

See man ip rule.

· Management of TUN/TAP devices:

· ip tuntap add tun1 mode tun: Creates a TUN device named tun1.

· ip tuntap del tun1 mode tun: Deletes a TUN device named tun1.

· ip tuntap add tap1 mode tap: Creates a TAP device named tap1.

· ip tuntap del tap1 mode tap: Deletes a TAP device named tap1.

· Management of IPsec policies:

· ip xfrm policy show: Shows IPsec policies.

· ip xfrm state show: Shows IPsec states.

See man ip xfrm.

The ss tool is used to dump socket statistics. For example, running

ss -t –a

will show all TCP sockets:

State Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address:Port Peer Address:Port
LISTEN 0 32 *:ftp *:*
LISTEN 0 128 *:ssh *:*
LISTEN 0 128 *:*
ESTAB 0 52
LISTEN 0 128 :::ssh :::*
LISTEN 0 128 ::1:ipp :::*
CLOSE-WAIT 1 0 ::1:48723 ::1:ipp

There are other tools of iproute2:

· bridge: Shows/manipulates bridge addresses and devices. For example:

· bridge fdb show: Displays forwarding entries.

See man bridge.

· genl: Gets information (like id, header size, max attributes, and more) about registered generic netlink families. For example, running genl ctrl list can have this as a result:

· Name: nlctrl
ID: 0x10 Version: 0x2 header size: 0 max attribs: 7
commands supported:
#1: ID-0x3
Capabilities (0xe):
can doit; can dumpit; has policy

multicast groups:
#1: ID-0x10 name: notify

· lnstat: Displays Linux network statistics.

· rtmon: Monitors Rtnetlink sockets.

· tc: Shows/manipulates traffic control settings. For example:

· tc qdisc show: Running this command shows which queueing discipline (qdisc) entries are installed, for example:

· qdisc pfifo_fast 0: dev eth1 root refcnt 2 bands 3 priomap 1 2 . . .

· This shows that the pfifo_fast qdisc is associated with the eth1 network device. The pfifo_fast qdisc, which is a classless queueing discipline, is the default qdisc in Linux.

· tc -s qdisc show dev eth1: Shows statistics of the qdisc associated to eth1.

See man tc.

See: Linux Advanced Routing & Traffic Control HOWTO:

The development of iproute2 is done by sending patches to the netdev mailing list. The maintainer of ethtool as of this writing is Stephen Hemminger. The iproute2 is developed over a git repository, which can be downloaded by: git clone git://

iptables and iptables6

The iptables and iptables6 are administration tools for packet filtering and NAT management for IPv4 and IPv6, respectively. With iptables/iptables6, you can define lists of rules. Each such rule tells what should be done with the packet (for example, discard it or accept it). Each rule specifies some matching condition for a packet, for example, that it will be a UDP packet. Following are some examples for using the iptables command:

· iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport=80 -j LOG --log-level 1: The meaning of this rule is that incoming TCP packets with destination port 80 will be dumped to the syslog.

· iptables –L: Lists all rules in the filter table. (There is no table mentioned in the command, so it accesses the Filter table, which is the default table.)

· iptables –t nat –L: Lists all rules in the NAT table.

· iptables –F: Flushes the selected table.

· iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE: Sets a MASQUERADE rule.



A tool for Linux Virtual Server administration. Website:


Shows/manipulates wireless devices and their configuration. The iw package is based on generic netlink sockets (see Chapter 2). For example, you can perform these operations:

· iw dev wlan0 scan: Scans for nearby wireless devices.

· iw wlan0 station dump: Displays statistics about a station.

· iw list: Gets information about a wireless device (such as band information and 802.11n information).

· iw dev wlan0 get power_save – get power save mode.

· iw dev wlan0 set type ibss: Changes the wireless interface mode to be ibss (Ad-Hoc).

· iw dev wlan0 set type mesh: Changes the wireless interface mode to be mesh mode.

· iw dev wlan0 set type monitor: Changes the wireless interface mode to be monitor mode.

· iw dev wlan0 set type managed: Changes the wireless interface mode to be managed mode.

See man iw.




The old tool for administering wireless devices. The iwconfig belongs to the wireless-tools package and is based on IOCTLs. Website:

libreswan Project

An IPsec software solution which forked from openswan version 2.6.38. Website:


A command-line utility for sending L2CAP echo requests and receiving answers over a Bluetooth device. The l2ping utility belongs to the bluez package. Website:


A set of utilities to manage the Linux LoWPAN stack. Website:


A utility that displays information about the hardware configuration of the machine. Website:


A utility for displaying information about the CPUs on the system. It is based on information from /proc/cpuinfo and sysfs. The lscpu belongs to the util-linux package.


A utility for displaying information about PCI buses in the system and devices connected to them. Sometimes you need to get some information about a PCI network device with the lspci command. The lspci utility belongs to the pciutils package. Website:


A multicast routing daemon, implementing the IPv4 Distance Vector Multicast Routing Protocol (DVMRP), which is specified in RFC 1075 from 1988. Website:


A command-line utility that reads and writes data across networks. The nc belongs to the nmap-ncat package. Website:


A command-line tool, based on the well-known grep command, that allows you to specify extended expressions to match against data payloads of packets. It recognizes TCP, UDP, and ICMP across Ethernet, PPP, SLIP, FDDI, and null interfaces. Website:


Netperf is a networking benchmarking tool. Website:


netsniff-ng is an open source project networking toolkit that, among other things, can help in analyzing network traffic, performing stress tests, generating packets at a very high speed, and more. It uses the PF_PACKET zero-copy RINGs (TX and RX). Among the tools it provides are the following:

· netsniff-ng is a fast zero-copy analyzer, pcap capturing and replaying tool. The netsniff-ng tool is Linux-specific and does not support other operating systems, unlike many of the tools mentioned in this appendix. Example: Running netsniff-ng --in eth1 --out dump.pcap -s -b 0 creates a pcap file that can be read by wireshark or by tcpdump. The –s flag is for silence, and the –b 0 is for binding to CPU 0. See man netsniff-ng.

· trafgen is a zero-copy high performance network packet traffic generator utility.

· ifpps is a small utility that periodically provides top-like networking and system statistics from the kernel. ifpps gathers its data directly from procfs files.

· bpfc is a small Berkeley Packet Filter assembler and compiler.

Fetching the git repository: git clone git:// Website:


The netstat tool enables you to print multicast memberships, routing tables, network connections, interface statistics, state of sockets, and more. The netstat tool belongs to the net-tools package. Useful flags:

· netstat –s: Displays summary statistics for each protocol.

· netstat –g: Displays multicast group membership information for IPv4 and IPv6.

· netstat -r: Shows the kernel IP routing table.

· netstat –nl: Shows the listening sockets (the -n flag is for showing numerical addresses instead of trying to determine symbolic host, port, or user names).

· netstat –aw: Shows all raw sockets.

· netstat –ax: Shows all Unix sockets.

· netstat –at: Shows all TCP sockets.

· netstat –au: Shows all UDP sockets.


nmap (Network Mapper)

Nmap is an open source security project that provides a network exploration and probing tool and a security/port scanner. It has features like port scanning (detecting the open ports on target hosts), OS detection, detecting MAC addresses, and more. For example,

can give output such as:

Starting Nmap 6.00 ( at 2013-09-26 16:37 IDT
Nmap scan report
Host is up (0.013s latency).
Other addresses scanned):
Not shown: 998 filtered ports
80/tcp open http
443/tcp open https
Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 5.24 seconds

The nping utility of nmap can be used to generate raw packets for ARP poisoning, networking stress tests, and Denial of Service attacks, as well as to test connectivity like the ordinary ping utility. You can use the nping utility for setting IP options in generated traffic. See Website:


An open source project implementing an IPsec-based VPN solution. It is based on the FreeS/WAN project. Website:


An open source project implementing VPN based on SSL/TLS. Website:


An Ethernet-based packet generator tool for Ethernet. The tool has both GUI and CLI. Website:


The well-known utility for testing connectivity by sending ICMP ECHO request messages. Here are four useful options that are also mentioned in this book:

· -Q tos: Enables setting Quality Of Service bits in an ICMP packet. Mentioned in this appendix in the explanation about tshark filters.

· -R: Sets the Record Route IP option (discussed in Chapter 4).

· -T: Sets the timestamp IP option (discussed in Chapter 4).

· -f: Flood ping.

· See man ping for more command-line options.

The ping utility belongs to the iputils package. Website:


An open source lightweight stand-alone Protocol Independent Multicast - Sparse Mode (PIM-SM) v2 multicast daemon. Maintained by Joachim Nilsson. See git repository:


PPTP Server for Linux. Website:


An open source PPP daemon. git repository: git://∼paulus/ppp.git. Website:


The pktgen kernel module (net/core/pktgen.c) can generate packets at very high speed. Monitoring and controlling is done via writing to /proc/net/pktgen entries. For “HOWTO for the linux packet generator” see Documentation/networking/pktgen.txt.


This is a Router Advertisement Daemon for IPv6. It is an open source project maintained by Reuben Hawkins. It can be used for IPv6 stateless autoconfiguration and for renumbering. Website: git repository:


A command-line tool for routing tables management. It belongs to the net-tools package, which is based on IOCTLs and which is older than the iproute2 package. Examples:

· route –n: Shows the routing table without name resolving.

· route add default gateway Adds as a default gateway.

· route –C: Displays the routing cache (keep in mind that the IPv4 routing cache was removed in kernel 3.6; see the “IPv4 Routing Cache” section in Chapter 5).

See man route.


An open source PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE) client for Linux and Solaris systems. Website:


A command-line tool to collect and report statistics about system activity. It is part of the sysstat package. As an example, running the following command will display four times the CPU statistics with interval of 1 second and the average at the end:

sar 1 4
Linux 3.6.10-4.fc18.x86_64 (a) 10/22/2013 _x86_64_ (2 CPU)

07:47:10 PM CPU %user %nice %system %iowait %steal %idle
07:47:11 PM all 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100.00
07:47:12 PM all 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100.00
07:47:13 PM all 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100.00
07:47:14 PM all 0.00 0.00 0.50 0.00 0.00 99.50
Average: all 0.00 0.00 0.13 0.00 0.00 99.87



A command-line tool for multicast routing manipulation. Website:


An open source project that provides a network intrusion detection system (IDS) and a network intrusion prevention system (IPS). Website:


An open source project that provides an IDS/IPS and a network security monitoring engine. Website:


An open source project that implements IPsec solutions for Linux, Android, and other operating systems. Both IKEv1 and IKEv2 are implemented. The maintainer is Professor Andreas Steffen. Website:


The sysctl utility displays kernel parameters (including network parameters) at runtime. It can also set kernel parameters. For example, sysctl –a shows all kernel parameters. The sysctl utility belongs to the procps-ng package.


A command-line utility for setting or retrieving a process’s CPU affinity. The taskset utility is from the util-linux package.


Tcpdump is an open source command-line protocol analyzer, available from It is based on a C/C++ network traffic capture library called libpcap. Like wireshark, it can write its results to a file and read them from a file and it supports filtering. Unlikewireshark, it does not have a front end GUI. However, its output files can be read by wireshark. Example of sniffing with tcpdump:

tcpdump -i eth1



The top utility provides a real-time view of the system (parameters like memory usage, CPU usage, and more) and a system summary. This utility is part of the procps-ng package. Website:


The tracepath command traces a path to a destination address, discovering the MTU along this path. For IPv6 destination addresses, you can use tracepath6. The tracepath utility belongs to the iputils package. Website:


Print the path that packets traverse to some destination. The traceroute utility uses the IP protocol’s Time To Live (TTL) field to cause hosts on the packet path to return an ICMP TIME EXCEEDED response. The traceroute utility is discussed in Chapter 3, which deals with the ICMP protocol. Website:


The tshark utility provides a command-line packet analyzer. It is part of the wireshark package. It has many command-line options. For example, you can write the output to a file with the –w option. You can set various filters to the packet filtering with tshark, some of which can be complex filters (as you will soon see). Example of setting a filter for capturing only ICMPv4 packets:

tshark -R icmp
Capturing on eth1
17.609101 -> ICMP 98 Echo (ping) request id=0x0dc6, seq=1/256, ttl=64
17.617101 -> ICMP 98 Echo (ping) reply id=0x0dc6, seq=1/256, ttl=58

You can also set a filter on a value of a field in the IPv4 header. For example, the following command sets a filter on the DS field in the IPv4 header:

tshark -R "ip.dsfield==0x2"

If from a second terminal you send traffic with DS field as 0x2 in the IPv4 header (such traffic can be sent, for example, with ping –Q 0x2 destinationAdderss), it will be displayed onscreen by tshark.

Example for filtering by source MAC address:

tshark ether src host 00:e0:4c:11:22:33

Example for filtering for UDP packets whose ports are in the port range 6000–8000:

tshark -R udp portrange 6000-8000

Example for setting a filter for capturing traffic where the source IP address is and the port is 80 (it does not have to be TCP traffic only because here there is no filter set on some specified protocol):

tshark -i eth1 -f "src host and port 80"


tunctl is an older tool for creating TUN/TAP devices. It is available from Note that you can also create or remove a TUN/TAP device with the ip command (see the iproute2 section earlier in this appendix) and with the openvpn command-line tool of the openvpn package:

openvpn --mktun --dev tun1
openvpn --rmtun --dev tun1


You can get the network device type by running udevadm on its sysfs entry. For example, if the device has this entry under sysfs:


then you can find that its DEVTYPE is VLAN:

udevadm info -q all -p /sys/devices/virtual/net/eth1.100/

P: /devices/virtual/net/eth1.100
E: COMMENT=net device ()
E: DEVPATH=/devices/virtual/net/eth1.100
E: INTERFACE=eth1.100
E: MATCHADDR=00:e0:4c:53:44:58

udevadm belongs to the udev package. Website:


The unshare utility enables you to create a namespace and run a program within that namespace that is unshared from its parent. The unsare utility belongs to the util-linux package. For various command-line options of the unshare utility, see man unshare, Example of usage:

unshare -u /bin/bash

This will create a UTS namespace.

unshare --net /bin/bash

This will create a new network namespace, in which a bash process will be started. Gitweb: Website:∼kzak/util-linux/.


The vconfig utility enables you to configure VLAN (802.1q) interface. Examples of usage:

· vconfig add eth2 100: Adds a VLAN interface. This will create a VLAN interface, eth2.100.

· vconfig rem eth2.100: Remove the eth2.100 VLAN interface.

· Note that you can also add and delete VLAN interfaces with the ip command, for example, like this:

· ip link add link eth0 name eth0.100 type vlan id 100

· vconfig set_egress_map eth2.100 0 4: Map SKB priority of 0 to VLAN priority 4, so that outgoing packets which their SKB priority is 0 will be tagged with 4 as VLAN priority. The default VLAN priority is 0.

· vconfig set_ingress_map eth2.100 1 5: Map VLAN priority 5 to SKB priority of 1, so that incoming packets with VLAN priority of 5 will be queued with SKB priority of 1. The default SKB priority is 0.

See man vconfig.

Note that if VLAN support is compiled as a kernel module, then you must load the VLAN kernel module before trying to add the VLAN interface, by modprobe 8021q. Website:∼greear/vlan.html.


Open source software that provides a wireless supplicant for Linux and other OSs. It supports WPA and WPA2. Website:


The wireshark project provides a free and open source analyzer (“sniffer”). It has two flavors: a front-end GTK+ based GUI and a command-line, the tshark utility (mentioned earlier in this appendix). It is available on many operating systems and evolves dynamically: when new features are added to existing protocols and new protocols are added, new parsers (“dissectors”) are modified or added. Wireshark has many features:

· Enables defining a wide range of filters (ports, destination or source address, protocol identifier, fields in headers, and more).

· Enables sorting the result according to various parameters (protocol type, time, and so on).

· Saves the sniffer output to a file/read a sniffer output from a file.

· Reads/writes many different capture file formats: tcpdump (libpcap), Pcap NG, and more.

· Capture Filters and Display Filters.

Activating the wireshark or thsark sniffer puts the network interface to be in promiscuous mode to enable it to handle packets that are not destined to the local host. A lot of information is available in the man pages: man wireshark and man tshark. You can find more than 75 sniff samples of different protocols in Wireshark users mailing list: Website: Wiki:


An Open Source project, implementing various routing protocols, like BGP, IGMP, OLSR, OSPF, PIM, and RIP. The name XORP is derived from eXtensible Open Router Platform. Website: