Turn your Raspberry PI into a malicious network traffic scanner with wireshark

I needed to scan a network with wireshark to check for malicious traffic. I took my RPi turned into a router with a DHCP server and installed wireshark to check all the network traffic.

Step 1: Static IP address

See my previous article for the setup.

Step 2: Install and configure DHCP server

In this case I’ve chosen the ISC as DHCP server. To install:

sudo apt-get install isc-dhcp-server

For the configuration, please edit /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf and add the following:

subnet netmask {
option broadcast-address;
option routers; option domain-name-servers;

Now we need to tell the daemon some specifics, please edit /etc/default/isc-dhcp-server and uncomment the following:


And add “eth0” to the interfaces list, this tells the daemon on which interface he needs to react on.

Before you run the DHCP server please stop the DHCP server on your rputer. Now you can start the daemon on your RPi with: sudo service isc-dhcp-server start

If you run into any problems please use systemctl status isc-dhcp-server.service to check the output.

You can use cat /var/lib/dhcp/dhcpd.leases to check out the leases.

Step 3: Turn your RPi into a router

Your RPi is now able to respond to DHCP requests, but now we need to be able to forward the traffic.

sudo bash -c 'echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward'

Please edit /etc/sysctl.conf and uncomment out the line that says net.ipv4.ip_forward = 1
Last step is to enable NATTING via IPtables:

sudo iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE

Excellent, your RPi is now a router in your network and forwarding the traffic.

Step 4: Wireshark
I want to see all network traffic and for this purpose I installed wireshark. The RPi2 is fast enough to use the GUI of wireshark. For this purpose I installed tightvncserver and wireshark.

sudo apt-get install tightvncserver
sudo apt-get install wireshark

Now with a VNC client you can connect to your RPi and start wireshark in a terminal. You can use not (port 5901) as capture filter which does not capture the VNC traffic.

wireshark capture

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