How does tcpdump capture packets?

Updated 2021-04-21T14:19:49+00:00


  • How does tcpdump capture packets?
  • Where does libpcap get the packets?
  • How do offloading features affect pcap trace?
  • Which side of the iptables firewall are packets captured?


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • tcpdump, Wireshark, tshark, or other libpcap-based network packet capture method

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