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Hi there,

I am looking to decrypt some IPSec traffic. I have the capture file, the associated .SA file and the encryption key. The problem is that from what I can see every single line of the 33 SAs has to be entered into the ESP preferences in Wireshark - piece by piece. Is there an easier way to get the information from the SA file to the ESP preferences - perhaps via an import or some other means? Having that many SAs means a whole lot of data to manually enter which makes for potential errors.

Any information would be appreciated.



asked 02 Nov '15, 08:47

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There is no import function, but you can create the file manually. See my answer to a similar question:


After reading my own post again, I realized that the path to the file is not that clear.

It's the in user preferences directory. You'll see the path to that directory in the Help menu.

Help -> About Wireshark -> Folder [Tab] -> Personal Configuration

Take that folder and add the file name esp_sa to it.

On Windows it's usually:


unless you are working with profiles in Wireshark, then it's


While xxxxx is the name of the profile.


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answered 02 Nov '15, 08:51

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edited 02 Nov '15, 09:03

Thanks Kurt - I appreciate the help! I was able to generate a working esp_sa file by exporting the appropriate data from Excel.


(02 Nov '15, 12:20) LesJarvis

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(02 Nov '15, 16:04) Kurt Knochner ♦
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