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I want to perform penetration testing and assess the network traffic using a packet analyzer. Which tool is used by most people? How does it compare to other Applications, what is the state-of-the-art?

Is Wireshark the right choice as a network packet analyzer? How does it differ from an penetration-testing framework like e.g. metasploit?

What other applications are there?

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    Try wireshark, it is one of the best if not the best. Charles will work as well. – Yu Zhang Jan 24 '17 at 5:44
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    voting for Wireshark!! Please see the below discussion, http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4263116/wireshark-vs-firebug-vs-fiddler-pros-and-cons – ChathuD Jan 24 '17 at 5:50
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    I would definitely say it is Wireshark. While there are other tools around, Wireshark offers a sophisticated GUI and virtually anything you need for analyzing network traffic. If you are looking, on the other side, for sophisticated packet-forgeing software, scappy could be usefull to you, as it allows to arbitrarly forge any packets imagineable. It requires some practice, though. If you want to penetration-test your application, there is no distinct tool for this. Was just writing my answer when this was put [on hold], for whatever reason... – Gewure Jan 24 '17 at 9:10

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