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Help/Faq : OWNS Manual


For the windows version, you need to install WinpCap 2.1 or newer (
You should download latest version for best results.

For the linux version, you need to install libpcap. ( You must also execute Owns as root. 


 OWNS is quite easy to use. 

 1) Select the sniffer you want to use and the network interface


Seh sniffer is available only on Windows 95/98 and Me.
With Observer, you can read files captured from Network Instruments Observer.
With WinpCap (on Windows) or Libpcap (on Linux), you can capture from the network interface of your choice or from a file captured with Ethereal for example.

2) Select which form will have the output files
Indeed it is not possible to know the name of the files that are captured but it is possible to know their mime type (and so the extension) by examining the http headers (content-type field) or the content of the file.

3) Http Filter options

Save http headers : tell if you want to save http headers.

All http headers are saved with .header extension.

Here is an http header :

HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 18:47:11 GMT

Server: Apache/1.3.12 (Unix) g2am/1.44 adutil/1.8 g2ad/1.73 FrontPage/ mod_ssl/2.6.6 OpenSSL/0.9.5a

Last-Modified: Mon, 29 Apr 2001 10:48:50 GMT

Accept-Ranges: bytes

Content-Length: 831

Keep-Alive: timeout=10, max=100

Connection: Keep-Alive

Content-Type: text/plain


Save TCP stream : save the TCP stream for an http connection.

Here is a TCP stream for a http connection :

HTTP/1.1 302 Found

Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 19:32:30 GMT

Server: Apache/1.3.12 (Unix)

Keep-Alive: timeout=15, max=100

Connection: Keep-Alive

Transfer-Encoding: chunked

Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1





<TITLE>302 Found</TITLE>



The document has moved <A HREF="">here</A>.<P>




A TCP stream can contain several http messages.

Save files : Choose which files you want to save.

4) Choose if you want to save mails and news

5) Then push the “Start Capture button”

6) All files are saved in “files” subdirectory.