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Yes, You Too Can Be an Evil Network Overlord With OpenBSD 49 writes "Have you ever wanted to know what's really going on in your network? Some free tools with surprising origins can help you to an almost frightening degree. Peter Hansteen shares some monitoring insights, anecdotes and practical advice in his latest column on how to really know your network. All of it with free software, of course." From the article: " The NetFlow protocol was invented at Cisco in the early 1990s. It's designed to collect traffic metadata, where the basic unit of reference is the flow, defined as the source and destination IP address pair, the matching source and destination port for protocols that use them, the protocol identifier, time started and ended, number of packets sent, number of bytes sent, and a few other fields that have varied somewhat over the NetFlow versions. ... On OpenBSD, various netflow sensors and collectors had been available for a while when the new network pseudo device pflow debuted in OpenBSD 4.5."
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Yes, You Too Can Be an Evil Network Overlord With OpenBSD

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  • by Kichigai Mentat ( 588759 ) on Thursday February 27, 2014 @04:14PM (#46362163) Journal
    This isn't news. This isn't news at all! And it isn't even remotely shocking. TCP/IP tells you where a packet came from and where it wants to go, so that information is pretty easy to sniff, and originally Ethernet was just one big coax cable and everyone just shouted into, hoping the other machine would hear them, so it's no shock that something like this could sit on the network and collect all this data. There's nothing inherent about OpenBSD that makes this special.

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