Oct 26 2012

Wireshark: Allow unprivileged user to sniff traffic on Ubuntu.

Network Engineers simply need to sniff packets over Networks. Sniffing is not an option or a Lamer activity, sniffing is the base of Network Troubleshooting.

Using Wireshark, one of the best Network Sniffers (and more) could be tricky, if the software is launched from an unprivileged User Account since access to network interfaces won’t be possible (no device will be listed as available to start packets capture).

On the other side, it is strongly recommended to not run Wireshark as root for security reasons.
Continue reading