Perl Sockets - Raw Data

Posted on 2010-04-07
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I am using a modified sample script to capture udp packets on a single port and then send the data back to the sender. This seems to work fine. My issue is that the payload being sent seems to be converted to ascii. Anything that I have tried converts the data to ascii then back to hex, something gets lost in translation. What I need is the original message as it is sent.  Thanks

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#!/usr/bin/perl -w
# udpqotd - UDP message server
use strict;
use IO::Socket;

my($sock, $newmsg, $hisaddr, $MAXLEN, $PORTNO);
$MAXLEN = 1024;
$PORTNO = 21210;
$sock = IO::Socket::INET->new(LocalPort => $PORTNO, Proto => 'udp' )
    or die "socket: $@";
print "Awaiting UDP messages on port $PORTNO\n";

while ($sock->recv($newmsg, $MAXLEN)) {
    my($port, $ipaddr) = sockaddr_in($sock->peername);

    print "This: $newmsg \n" ;
die "recv: $!";

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Question by:altobravo
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Tobias earned 2000 total points
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I have tried your code with a client, and I didn't see any problem. Maybe it's the receiver that corrupt the data. I send you the client used (the server was the perl code that you provided)  then maybe you could find something that will help you.

Best Regards
#!/usr/bin/perl -w
# udpmsg - send a message to the udpquotd server

use IO::Socket;
use strict;

my($sock, $server_host, $msg, $port, $ipaddr, $hishost, 

$MAXLEN  = 1024;
$PORTNO  = 21210;

$server_host = shift;
$msg         = "8305123100138201010102034c4b28ead64b28ead618a74dd4d422467a00003c4d0000002101170620001affab0f280f0005030200000000000000c594";
$sock = IO::Socket::INET->new(Proto     => 'udp',
                              PeerPort  => $PORTNO,
                              PeerAddr  => 'localhost')
    or die "Creating socket: $!\n";
$sock->send($msg) or die "send: $!";

eval {
    local $SIG{ALRM} = sub { die "alarm time out" };
    alarm $TIMEOUT;
    $sock->recv($msg, $MAXLEN)      or die "recv: $!";
    alarm 0;
    1;  # return value from eval on normalcy
} or die "recv from $server_host timed out after $TIMEOUT seconds.\n";

($port, $ipaddr) = sockaddr_in($sock->peername);
$hishost = gethostbyaddr($ipaddr, AF_INET);
print "Server $hishost responded ``$msg''\n";

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