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TOPIC: LOOKING FOR: a book describing protocols

LOOKING FOR: a book describing protocols 14 years 7 months ago #2879

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I am in the final stages of writing a Protocol Analyzer :twisted: , and have found my greatest difficulty is getting good accurate detailed descriptions of network protocols :cry: .

Any suggestions on books that will help with this??? :?:

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Re: LOOKING FOR: a book describing protocols 14 years 7 months ago #2886

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One of the books I like (and just got myself) is a book written in 1994 by Richard Stevens - "TCP/IP Illustrated Volume 1 The Protocols".

A terrific book that is still one of the top books on this subject. Very detailed.
Thanks,

Tom

Re: LOOKING FOR: a book describing protocols 14 years 7 months ago #2887

Another good one is "Guide to TCP/IP" by Laura Chappell who, by the way, runs the Protocol Analysis Institute and can be surfed @ www.packet-level.com/pai.htm
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Re: LOOKING FOR: a book describing protocols 14 years 7 months ago #2890

Lasher, I've been having a lot of the same problems as I've been writing (half abandoned) a network sniffer myself and I had trouble getting detailed information on a lot of different things that were critical when you're writing a sniffer.

Simplest example -- TCP Checksum calculation -- everyone will tell you about the pseudoheader and what goes in it, but almost nobody says anything about the fact that you have to calculate the checksum over the segment first and THEN the pseudoheader, not the other way around.. and it does matter because the checksum formula works with unsigned shorts so it may pick up the wrong two bytes and bam you're gone.

I would really suggest you get TCP/IP Illustrated.. but I know that either volume two or volume three is called -"The Implementation" or something similar, which is designed for programmers.... that will be the best book you could get.


Hey aren't the Protocol Analysis Institute people the ones who say that you can solve everything including world hunger with a sniffer ? My kind of people !!
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Volume 2 is the implementations. Another terrific books. Tons of code.
Thanks,

Tom

Re: LOOKING FOR: a book describing protocols 14 years 7 months ago #2901

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Also, there is a 3rd book - "TCP for Transactions, HTTP, NNTP, and the UNIX(R) Domain Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 3)" by Richard Stevens.
Thanks,

Tom
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