CloudShark Support

Sharing Capture Files

How to share a capture file in CloudShark

Once a capture file has been uploaded to CloudShark through the web interface, autoimporter, or API, it can easily be shared with other users or third parties.

How to share with another CloudShark User

Owners of a CloudShark Appliance with multiple users can take advantage of configuring their users into different groups to analyze captures collaboratively. Capture files can be shared in read-only mode with group members or in read/write mode. This can allow multiple users to add their own annotations and comments to the same capture file to share their analysis. All of the analysis tools can be configured by users with read/write access to the file and graphs can also be created and saved.

Users can set the sharing settings of a capture to configure which groups are allowed to view the capture file and what permissions they have. Each user can also assign a default group for any captures they upload and the default permissions by clicking on the My Account link under the Preferences menu.

The CloudShark Administrator or any users in the Admin CloudShark group will be able to view all of the capture files saved on the CloudShark Appliance. They will additionally have read and write access to every capture file.

How to share with a third party

Capture files can be made public to allow anyone with the URL to a specific capture to view the file and any analysis that has been done on the capture file. Guest access can be enabled by a CloudShark Administrator on the Appliance Setup -> Settings menu. Once this is enabled users can make their capture files public by modifying the captures sharing settings.

Once a capture is made public the URL to a capture file can be found in the Sharing section of the Info pop-up. Any Links to specific analysis tools can also be shared by opening the analysis tool in a new window and copying the URL directly from the browser. A capture file can also be shared with a display filter applied by appending the string ?filter=<Display Filter> to the URL of a capture file.

Public captures can only be viewed by guests and cannot be modified by adding or changing annotations and comments. Guest users are also unable modify the configuration of certain analysis tools which require saving information on how to decrypt ssl traffic, decrypt wireless traffic or decode specific packets in the capture file. These analysis tools will have to be configured by the owner of the capture file before guests can view the file with these rules applied.

All capture files uploaded to our free hosted CloudShark service will be saved with public permissions and cannot be made private.

How to share with using the API

API Tokens can also be used to upload capture files. For example the CloudShark plugin for Wireshark can be used to automatically upload captures using the API after performing a network capture in Wireshark. Tokens are assigned to individual users and can be configured to upload captures and automatically assign different sharing settings to captures uploaded with that token.

Users can have multiple API tokens assigned to them so they could have one token that would upload captures to share with their group and other tokens to upload and keep captures private. Capture file sharing settings can always be changed on the Sharing section of the Info pop-up no matter what settings the capture file was originally uploaded with.

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