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Old 11-15-2004, 12:21 AM   #1
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Ethereal Permission Problems

I just recently installed Ethereal (network traffic analyzer) as root. I can run the program fine as a normal user, but when I attempt to start capturing packets, it says,

The capture session could not be initiated (socket: Operation not permitted).
Please check to make sure you have sufficient permissions, and that
you have the proper interface or pipe specified.
Is there any way I might be able to fix this so that I can use this program as a non-root user?
Old 11-15-2004, 12:50 AM   #2
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If you want to capture packets in promiscuous mode, you need to be root. As a normal user, youcan either not capture in promiscuous mode (but then you won't be able to see any traffic but that coming to/from your machine, and perhaps not even all of that). Alternatively, set up sudo so you can run Ethereal with root priviliges.


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