Question On Packet Sniffing.

Posted on 2004-09-28
Last Modified: 2010-04-17
If i use Chr() characters to send information would it still be picked up by packet sniffers?
Question by:andyakira
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Jaime Olivares earned 125 total points
ID: 12175154
It will be unusual but will be detected almost inmediatly.
A little step forward is some kind of caesar ciphering algorithm, just sum a number to actual ascii value.

To encrypt:

Private Function CaesarEncode(str as String, key as Integer) as String
    For i = 1 To Len(str)
        CaesarEncode= CaesarEncode & chr(asc(mid(str,i,1))+key)
    Next i
End Function

To decrypt:

Private Function CaesarDecode(str as String, key as Integer) as String
    CaesarDecode = ""
    For i = 1 To Len(str)
        CaesarDecode= CaesarDecode & chr(asc(mid(str,i,1))-key)
    Next i
End Function

Hope to be useful,
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by:Jaime Olivares
ID: 12175159
Of course you have more sophisticated algorithms but I that will depend on the relevancy of your information.

Author Comment

ID: 12175773
am i doing this right jaime. after encoding im sending this to the server CaesarDecode(Text2, 3) but the sniffer still picks up the real text, what steps should i be doing?
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by:Jaime Olivares
ID: 12175796
You have to send the returning string of CaesarEncode(), not the original Text2 variable.

Author Comment

ID: 12175847
the problem is i dont own the server, i'm trying to make it send a message to my name on this server, so there is no way to hide the name part is there?
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by:Jaime Olivares
ID: 12175946
If you refer to the heading information of the packets, then you can't, it will simply not reach your server.
Maybe any kind of secure layer like SSL will give you some privacy.

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