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ipband is a pcap based IP traffic monitor. It tallies per-subnet traf-
fic and bandwidth usage and starts detailed logging if specified
threshold for the specific subnet is exceeded. If traffic has been high
for a certain period of time, the report for that subnet is generated
which can be appended to a file or e-mailed. When bandwidth usage drops
below the threshold, detailed logging for the subnet is stopped and
memory is freed.
This utility could be handy in a limited bandwidth WAN environment
(frame relay, ISDN etc. circuits) to pinpoint offending traffic source
if certain links become saturated to the point where legitimate packets
start getting dropped.
It also can be used to monitor internet connection when specifying the
range of local ip addresses (to avoid firing reports about non-local
Bandwidth is defined as total size in kBytes of the layer 2 frames with
IP packets passing the specified interface during the avaraging period
devided by the number of seconds in that period.
COMMAND LINE OPTIONS
Network interface to read data from.
Averaging period in seconds. How often total traffic and band-
width should be calculated. Default is 60 secs.
-A Include threshold exceeded accumulated time and percentage in
the report. This option works only with preloaded subnets ("sub-
net" directive) because otherwise subnet data is deleted when
bandwidth usage drops below threshold to clear memory and reduce
Bandwidth threshold in kBytes per sec. Default is 7 kBps i.e. 56
Use filename as configuration file. Default is /etc/ipband.conf.
Specifying different bandwidth threshold per subnet is only
see EXAMPLES section below.
-F Fork and run in background. Default is run in foreground.
-h Print help and exit.
Packet length adjustment in bytes. This option can be used when
layer 2 frame sizes for the interface ipband is listening on and
the interface we are measuring the bandwidth for are different.
For example, if you are concerned about bandwidth usage on a
router’s frame relay interface with 6 bytes overhead (frame
header + RFC1490 encapsulation) while ipband is running on an
ethernet interface with 14 bytes MAC frame, then you could use
value -8 for this option to get more accurate bandwidth calcula-
tion. The number can be a positive or a negative integer. Nega-
tive values should not exceed leyer 2 frame size for the
ipband’s interface (i.e. we can’t use -15 in the above example).
The default is 0.
If -M (or mailto directive in config file) option is set, speci-
fies name of the file to be appended to the end of e-mail
This option specifies which network numbers should be considered
local when collecting data and generating reports (actually
non-local networks are not logged at all). It can be used
instead of config file’s multiple "subnet" directives (unlike
that directive, there would be a single bandwidth threshold
specified by -b option). This option can be used for monitoring
internet connections when you don’t want to get reports on some-
one else’s networks.
There can be many ip-ranges separate by colons. No spaces may
appear in the argument. Each ip-range can be either a single ip
address such as 192.168.1.1 which indicates a range of one, a
partial ip address such as 192.168.1.0 which indicates a range
from 192.168.1.0 to 192.168.1.255, a low and high ip address
separated by a hypen (-), and a single ip address, a slash (/)
and an integer between 0 and 32 (a "net address") which indi-
cates a network. If you run ipband with the debug option (-d)
the program will print the entire list of ip ranges, so you can
check their values.
Here is a list of arguments to -L along with the corresponding
Set number of subnet mask bits (1-32) for subnet traffic aggre-
gation. Default is 24 (255.255.255.0).
-M email address(es)
Send detailed subnet report to specified e-mail address(es).
Multiple addresses must be separated by comma.
Filename to output detailed subnet report. Default is ipband.txt
in current directory.
HTML report output file. Default is ipband.html in current
directory. The styles.css file can be used in the same directory
to customize its look and feel.
-P Do not use promiscuous mode on the network interface we are lis-
Reporting period - number of seconds bandwidth threshold may be
exceeded before it should be reported. Default is 300 seconds.
Limit subnet report to a given number of per-host connections
with highest byte count (top connections). Default is no limit.
MTA command string for mailing reports. Default is
"/usr/sbin/sendmail -t -oi". The string is tokenized and passed
directly to exec(), so that shell’s metacharacters are not
-v Print version and exit.
In addition to command line options you can use a configuration file.
When ipband starts it first looks for /etc/ipband.conf. You can also
give the ’-c’ (see OPTIONS above) to specify a configuration file.
The options in the config file are specified by keyword/value pairs.
Lines starting with # are ignored.
Below is a list of config file options:
Like -F option, specifies whether or not to run in background.
Default is no.
Like -f option, specifies pcap filter.
Like -o option, specifies report file name. efault is ipband.txt
in current directory.
Like -w option, HTML report output file. Default is ipband.html
in current directory. The styles.css file can be used in the
same directory to customize its look and feel.
HTML title of the report output file.
Like -b option, bandwidth threshold in kBytes per second.
Default is 7.0 kBps.
Like -a option, tells ipband nomber of seconds to average
per-subnet traffic and calculate bandwidth usage. Default is 60
Like -J option, specifies packet length adjustment in bytes.
Like -r option, number of seconds specified threshold(s) may be
exceeded before report is fired off. Default is 300 secs.
Like -t option, limits subnet report to a given number of
per-host connections with highest byte count (top connections).
Default is 0 - no limit.
Like -T option, specifies MTA command string for mailing
reports. Default is "/usr/sbin/sendmail -t -oi".
Like -m option, sets the number of network mask bits. Default is
24 (corresponding to subnet mask 255.255.255.0).
Like -L option, determines which range(s) of ip addresses are
subnet subnet-ip bandwidth kBps
Specifies which subnets ipband should work with and sets indi-
vidual bandwidth thresholds for them - one subnet option per
line (subnet mask is set by maskbits option). This option is
only available through a configuration file. Setting it limits
data collection and reporting to the specified subnets.
ipband eth0 -f net 10.10.0.0/16 -m 24 -a 300 -r 900
Will capture packets from/to ip addresses matching
10.10.0.0/255.255.0.0, tally traffic by the third octet,calcu-
late bandwidth utilization every 5 minutes and report per host
traffic every 15 minutes.
ipband -c ipband.conf
Read configuration from file ipband.conf.
Report mailing blocks until pipe to sendmail returns.
Report any bugs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew Nevynniy email@example.com
ipband is based on ipaudit-0.95 by J Rifkin firstname.lastname@example.org
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