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Investigate: Events View - Packet Panel

Document created by RSA Information Design and Development Employee on Sep 18, 2017Last modified by RSA Information Design and Development Employee on Jan 30, 2020
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In the Packet panel (Events > Packet), you can safely view and interactively analyze the packets and payload of an event.


This workflow has references to several views that were renamed in Version 11.4: Event Analysis --> Events, Events --> Legacy Events.

the investigation workflow with the tasks performed in the Packet Analysis panel highlighted

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Quick Look

Only network events can be analyzed in the Packet panel. The Packet panel lists each packet in the event. The list of packets is scrollable. When you scroll, the packet or text identification information as well as the Request and Response labels remain visible rather than scrolling out of view.

In Version 11.1 and later, you can use pagination controls to go backward and forward through the pages, go to a specific page, and select the number of packets to display per page (50, 100, 300, or 500).

Each packet is displayed with shading and highlighting to help identify common file patterns: significant header and payload bytes, hexadecimal and ascii bytes, and common file signatures. In addition, you can adjust the request/response display, and display or hide the packet summary.

Below is an example of the Packet panel with labels to identify features. For details and examples of each feature, see Analyze Events in the Events View.

the Packet Analysis panel with labeled features

1Options for exporting a network event. You can export a PCAP, all payloads, request payloads, or response payloads for deeper analysis and to share with others.
2The option to identify common file signatures is activated by default. Common file signatures are highlighted in orange; hovering over the highlight reveals the file type.
3The Shade Bytes option adds shading to identify the different hexadecimal bytes (00 to FF) using degrees of highlighting.
4The option to display payloads only hides the packet headers, leaving more space for the payload.
5The Event Header.
6Significant bytes are highlighted in a blue background; as you move the cursor over the highlighting the meta data is displayed in a hover box.

(Version 11.1 and later) Packet pagination controls allow more flexibility in paging through a list of packets. When a control is unavailable, the image is dimmed; for example, when you are viewing page 1, the the pagination button to go to page 1 and the pagination button to go to the previous page controls are dimmed.

the pagination button to go to page 1 - Go to the first page

the pagination button to go to the previous page - Go to the previous page

the field to select a specific page number - Go to a specific page

the pagination button to go to the next page - Go to the next page

the pagination button to go to the last page - Go to the last page

Packets per page selector- Select the number of packets per page. If you are reconstructing large packets, lowering this limit can improve performance.

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