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I recently used the asn2wrs to create a new asn1 dissector (thanks for that wonderful tool).

The problem I have is that I would like to modify how an integer value is displayed in the wireshark pane for a specific field. For example, the value that is displayed is “70390700” which is the good value but I would like to display it to the user in a different way because it represents an ip address.

70390700 (decimal value) = 04 32 13 AC (hex value) –> 4 50 19 172, and I would like to have “” displayed into the wireshark pane.

Can you give me some help on how I could achieve that?

asked 06 Nov '14, 08:48

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edited 07 Nov '14, 10:25

Use the #TYPE_ATTR directive,see the sources for examples.

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answered 06 Nov '14, 13:46

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Anders ♦
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I added the following lines to my .cnf:


But the IP address is still displayed as "" instead of "".

(07 Nov '14, 06:12) badam71

Hmm it's the endianess thet's the problem you will have to replace the generated dissection by your own in the .cnf file.

(07 Nov '14, 06:46) Anders ♦

I am not sure how do do that... My dissector (automatically generated) looks like this in the packet-foo.c file.

static int
dissect_foo_Ip4AddressType(tvbuff_t *tvb _U_, int offset _U_, asn1_ctx_t *actx _U_, proto_tree *tree _U_, int hf_index _U_) {
  offset = dissect_per_octet_string(tvb, offset, actx, tree, hf_index,
                                       NO_BOUND, NO_BOUND, FALSE, NULL);

  return offset;
(07 Nov '14, 10:05) badam71

I found that the "dissect_per_octet_string()" function was using ENC_BIG_ENDIAN. For now I solved this issue by adding a special case for the type "FT_IPv4" which will now use ENC_LITTLE_ENDIAN instead.

(07 Nov '14, 11:08) badam71
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