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Re: Promiscuous mode for ethernet device

On Tue, Dec 10, 2002 at 05:31:32PM -0500, Kevin Coyner wrote:
> One question that I've been meaning to ask and this seems to be close to
> being on-topic:  If you're running a sniffer in promiscuous mode on a 
> network that is linked together via a switch (as opposed to a hub), will
> you still be able to passively capture all packets from all boxes on the
> net?  Or is that one of the purposes of the switch - to ensure privacy?
> Is there any way around this?

most switches will, in the case of extreme amounts of use, revert to being
a simple hub.  i don't think it's the easiest thing to do, and it's sure
to piss off your network administrator...


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