Change log for EtherApe

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.13 (Sunday May 05, 2013):

Central node option, useful for displaying routers or proxies.
Translations and documentation updates, plus some fixes.

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Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.12 (Tuesday May 31, 2011):

This is a bugfix release.
Shortly after releasing 0.9.11, David Goldfarb discovered a critical bug in EtherApe, triggered by RPC traffic.

This bug can be exploited to crash EtherApe by sending a suitable packet.
No packet data is used beyond the IP addresses, however, making further escalation unlikely.

This bug has been assigned CVE number CVE-2011-3369

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Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.11 (Friday May 27, 2011):

Several users asked for a way to export traffic statistics.
EtherApe now can save a snapshot with all known nodes and relevant informations to an XML file.
With option --final-export, a dump is automatically generated when a capture file is fully replayed.
Additionally, option --signal-export enables SIGUSR1 handling, to dump on signal.

EtherApe used to have two links for connection, one for each traffic direction. With this release, only one link is needed, gaining more complete statistics and better resource usage.

EtherApe config file is now ~/.config/etherape, instead of the older, deprecated, ~/.gnome2/Etherape. Migration is automatic. Filter expression is now saved.

Thanks to OpenSUSE Build Service and a new spec file, development rpms can easily be built for OpenSUSE 11.x/Tumbleweed, SLE11, Centos5/RHEL5, Fedora and Mandriva.
The spec file is somewhat generic, lacking the nicer integrations of official distribution packages, so you are advised to build with EtherApe spec file only as a last resort.

OSX compatibility improved, thanks to Zack Perry.

The old, deprecated, direct resolver was removed. Name resolution is now only done with the full fledged threaded resolver.

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EtherApe 0.9.10 RPM packages now available (Friday Feb 25, 2011):

Thanks to OpenSUSE Build Service, prebuilt RPM packages for major distributions are now ready for download.

On SourceForge download section you'll find i586 and x86_64 RPMs for:

plus an RPM source package.

Those packages are somewhat generic, lacking the fancy touches of official distribution packages, like pam integration, automatic root password request, and so on.

Debian, OpenSUSE, Mandriva cooker and others have already official builds of EtherApe 0.9.10. If available, you should use your distribution package.

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.10 (Sunday Feb 06, 2011):

The most notable change is IPV6 support, thanks to David Flamand.

EtherApe now computes average packet size, to better estimate network usage. The new option --min-delay allows slow-motion replay of a capture file.

In 0.9.9 relnotes I forgot to mention a fix from Sotiris Sotiropoulos. Many apologies for the mistake.

Note: the old non-threaded name resolver is deprecated and will be removed on the next release.
If you really need it, speak up *now*.
Works only with IPV4 addresses, anyway.

Important: CVS repository closed
Effective from today, EtherApe CVS is no longer accessible. Please refer to the Mercurial repository.

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Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.9 (Monday Jan 04, 2010):

The most interesting change of this release is *basic* 802.11 WLAN support. WLAN is one of the most complex protocols around ('crazy' sometimes seems a better description) and there's no way to support it completely without a dedicated display mode.

As an example, a single WLAN packet could contain up to four (4) addresses, source and destination, plus AP interchange. Showing the exact packet route could be interesting for someone trying to understand WLANs, but not very useful to monitor application traffic. So EtherApe tries to treat APs like routers, ignoring them if not directly addressed. Thus a packet starting from node X and ending with node Y will be shown as a straight link between the two nodes, even if the real path was X-AP and AP-Y.

The other notable improvement is 802.1Q VLAN tagging support. VLAN tags are decoded but ignored, showing all traffic as being in a normal LAN. Filtering a single vlan could be accomplished with pcap expressions. Note: Due to pcap limitations, to correctly filter VLAN traffic the pcap filter must start with the keyword "vlan" (e.g. vlan and ip) and *all* traffic must be VLAN-tagged.

All data-link level modes (Ethernet, FDDI, etc) are now unified in a single Link Layer mode, with automated detection (thanks to libpcap).

Note to packagers: EtherApe now uses gnome-doc-utils. Manual should appear in yelp under 'Internet'.

Important: this release will be the last mirrored on the CVS repository, wich will be shut down as of march 2010.

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Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.8 (Sunday Sep 27 2009):

Apart for the usual bug fixes, this release see a the switch to glade-3, the overdue removal of bonobo dock and several other deprecated widgets.
Most of the ui now uses directly Gtk+ instead of Gnome. At this time there isn't a real alternative to GnomeCanvas, so quite a bit of Gnome still remains.

To make partially up for the long delay, there are some new functionality as well: a node listing window, substantial performance enhancements, and some improvements here and there. See the details below.

Note the new timing defaults: out of the box, Etherape will react faster to traffic changes and give a better "feel" of current the network state.
The faster expiration will also help to reduce memory and cpu requirements. On the other hand, "forgetting" inactive nodes faster makes Etherape less suited for mid-term monitoring; the new values will be too small.

I believe this change will be useful to most people, though, and especially suited to newcomers, who often have difficulties understanding the different timing types. Experienced users can still easily adapt Etherape to their needs.

I have already mentioned the switch to mercurial. A couple months from now the CVS repository will be shut down.

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Development repository switched to Mercurial (Tuesday Sep 08 2009):

Now that SourceForge officially supports Mercurial, there's no reason to still use CVS.
DVCs are faster, have much more features and imho much better suited to open source work.
Using hg should also lower the barrier for anyone wishing to hack on Etherape.

The old CVS repo will be occasionally (e.g. on releases) synchronized for a while to make life easier for packagers. Full history will be available only on hg, however.

Note:
The new mercurial repo contains almost all the past project history, but since it's a conversion between two very different systems (for example, CVS doesn't have changesets, so the converter must infer them from timestamps and commit messages), there are some differences. So, if you really want to know how the project evolved before release 0.9.7, please consult the CVS repo.

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.7 (Saturday Sep 30 2006):

Bugfix release. Special thanks to Pav Lucistnik for providing patches and bug reports.

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Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.6 (Tuesday May 16 2006):

Some distributions had trouble linking correctly EtherApe.  This release should fix that.

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Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.5 (Saturday May 06 2006):

After the recent changes the manual was really obsolete.  This release features a completely rewritten one, properly integrated with the Gnome help browser. You'll find EtherApe under Applications - System tools.

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Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.4 (Saturday Jan 14 2006):

This release comes after a first round of extensive refactoring, needed to clean up some of the cruft accumulated during the years and make further developments easier. While still a work in progress, memory control is tighter and protocol dissectors more robust. 

EtherApe calculates an extensive set of traffic statistics, even if only a small part is always visible on the diagram. For example, every node and link maintains complete data for every protocol seen, but only the most active one is displayed.  Thus, the detail dialogs now show also traffic breakdown by protocol.

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Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.3 (Thursday 8-18-2005):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.2 (Saturday 8-13-2005):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.9.1 (Wednesday 8-11-2004):

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Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.8.1 (Monday 08-06-2001):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.8.0 (Friday 08-03-2001):

Juan Toledo got his engineering degree (07-20-2001)

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.7.8 (Friday 07-06-2001):

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Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.7.6 (Sunday 05-13-2001):

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Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.7.3 (Tuesday 05-08-2001):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.7.2 (Monday 05-07-2001):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.7.1 (Sunday 05-06-2001):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.7.0 (Saturday 05-05-2001):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.9 (Thursday 04-26-2001):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.8 (Wednesday 04-25-2001):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.7 (Monday 04-23-2001):

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Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.3 (Thursday 04-19-2001):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.2 (Wednesday 04-18-2001):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.1 (Tuesday 04-17-2001):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.6.0 (Saturday 04-15-2001):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.9 (Thursday 04-12-2001):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.8 (Thursday 04-05-2001):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.7 (Tuesday 04-03-2001):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.6 (Thursday 05-4-2000):

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Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.3 (Friday 04-21-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.2 (Thursday 04-20-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.1 (Wednesday 04-19-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.5.0 (Saturday 04-15-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.4.7 (Friday 04-14-2000):

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Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.4.2 (Tuesday 04-04-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.4.1 (Monday 04-03-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.4.0 (Wednesday 03-29-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.3.9 (Wednesday 03-29-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.3.8 (Wednesday 03-29-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.3.7 (Friday 03-24-2000):

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Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.3.1 (Monday 03-20-2000):

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Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.11 (Friday 03-17-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.10 (Thursday 03-16-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.9 (Thursday 03-16-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.8 (Wednesday 03-15-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.7 (Monday 03-13-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.6 (Saturday 03-11-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.5 (Friday 03-10-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.4 (Thursday 03-09-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.3 (Wednesday 03-08-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.2 (Tuesday 03-07-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.1 (Monday 03-06-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.2.0 (Friday 03-03-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.9 (Thursday 03-02-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.8 (Wednesday 03-01-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.7 (Tuesday 02-29-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.6 (Monday 02-28-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.5 (Sunday 02-27-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.4 (Sunday 02-27-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.3 (Saturday 02-26-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.2 (Saturday 02-26-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.1 (Friday 02-25-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.1.0 (Friday 02-25-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.0.8 (Thursday 02-24-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.0.7 (Thursday 02-24-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.0.6 (Wednesday 02-23-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.0.5 (Wednesday 02-23-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.0.4 (Monday 02-21-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.0.3 (Sunday 02-20-2000):

Overview of changes in EtherApe 0.0.2 (Saturday 02-19-2000):

Overview of EtherApe 0.0.1 (Friday 02-18-2000):


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