Wireshark 2.4.5 Released with Lots of Vulnerabilities Fixed

Last updated: February 25, 2018


Wireshark network analyzer reached 2.4.5 release a few days ago. Lots of vulnerabilities and bugs has been fixed in the release.

Wireshark 2.4.5 has fixed following issues:

  • The IEEE 802.11 dissector could crash.
  • Multiple dissectors could go into large infinite loops.
  • The UMTS MAC dissector could crash.
  • The DOCSIS dissector could crash.
  • The FCP dissector could crash.
  • The SIGCOMP dissector could crash.
  • The pcapng file parser could crash.
  • The IPMI dissector could crash.
  • The SIGCOMP dissector could crash.
  • The NBAP disssector could crash.
  • AutoScroll does not work.
  • Unable to create Filter Expression Button for a yellow filter.
  • Other fixes and updated protocol support. See release note.

How to Install Wireshark in Ubuntu:

Wireshark has a stable PPA with the latest packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 17.10.

You may first check the PPA link for package version before doing following steps.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal from Unity Dash / App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut keys, and then run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wireshark-dev/stable

Type in your password (no visual feedback due to security reason) when it asks and hit Enter.


2. For those who have a previous release installed, launch Software Updater (or Update Manager) to upgrade it to the latest:

upgrade wireshark

Or run the commands below in terminal to install / upgrade wireshark:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install wireshark

How to restore:

To restore to the stock version of Wireshark in Ubuntu main repositories, purge the PPA via ppa-purge tool:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:wireshark-dev/stable


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