Deploying Wireshark

New Contributor II

Hi all,
I'd like to have this available in Self Service. When I try it the way I have some applications set up, it just drops the DMG contents into the "/" directory. The DMG for Wireshark contains additional packages for ChmodBPF, so do I need to add those packages individually to Jamf? Should I use Composer to group the .app and the ChmodBPF packages into one Package? Just curious on how others are doing it, and if you have a good way, I'd rather not recreate the wheel here.



Contributor III

I used composer to make a package of /Applications/Wireshark.dmg

usually .dmg installers cannot be added directly into jamf and work properly

Valued Contributor

This is what I did back in January:

Install Wireshark on a test system

You will be dragging the app to /Applications

Get rid of attribute and change ownership to root:wheel for in terminal (recurse)

Also install the ChmodBPF.pkg that's included with the download DMG from Wireshark

Change the file /Library/Application Support/Wireshark/ChmodBPF/ChmodBPF

so that




test by restarting and checking local and domain accounts

When happy use JAMF Composer to make a custom installation package

Drag the to the bottom area of the sidebar on the left of Composer

Then add the following as a Postinstall script

## postinstall

# The ChmodBPF installer writes to the following locations:
#/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.wireshark.ChmodBPF.plist. A launch daemon that adjusts permissions on the system’s packet capture devices (/dev/bpf*) when the system starts up.

#/Library/Application Support/Wireshark/ChmodBPF. A copy of the launch daemon property list, and the script that the launch daemon runs.

#The installer group named “access_bpf” is created. The user who opened the package is added to the group.

​/usr/sbin/installer -dumplog -verbose -pkg /Applications/\ ChmodBPF.pkg -target /

sed -i.backup 's/g+rw/go+rw/'  /Library/Application\ Support/Wireshark/ChmodBPF/ChmodBPF

# Uncomment the line below to add the wireshark executables to system path 

# /usr/sbin/installer -dumplog -verbose -pkg /Applications/ Wireshark to the system path.pkg  -target /

exit 0      ## Success
exit 1      ## Failure

The above script will install ChmodBPF.pkg and modify ChmodBPF so that all users can access it

Valued Contributor

Thanks for the script @dlondon. As a note for anyone copying and pasting, there is an extra invisible char at the line

​/usr/sbin/installer -dumplog -verbose -pkg /Applications/ ChmodBPF.pkg -target /

So just remove the leading whitespace before using.

New Contributor II

Thanks, this worked great. I just had to edit two items in the script for it to work for me. Had to add the two red forward slashes shown below since there was a space.

​/usr/sbin/installer -dumplog -verbose -pkg /Applications/\ ChmodBPF.pkg -target /

sed -i.backup 's/g+rw/go+rw/'  /Library/Application\ Support/Wireshark/ChmodBPF/ChmodBPF


Valued Contributor

Thanks - corrected the script

New Contributor III

Whats the path to update Wireshark 3.4.x. to 3.6?

I try to configure patch management to update 3.4.9 to 3.6.0 but not sure if this is correct. And what about users with 3.4.10? Just tell them to install version 3.6?
Any suggestions?

New Contributor II

I have not used patch management for Wireshark but just looked and Jamf does not have v3.6 listed yet, only up to v3.4. I have been just packaging the new DMG as a PKG via Composer and placing that in Self Service. I will definitely try patch management once Jamf approves the new version.

New Contributor II

I just added Wireshark 3.6 to my Patch Management definitions and it works great. I just had to download and package the new PKG and upload it to Jamf.

New Contributor III

I found a solution by myself. I used the definition tab to just add the 3.6.1.pkg to the 3.4 branch. Works like a charm. So if a 3.4 user try to update he gets the 3.6.1 package.

New Contributor

Bouncing my question off of the initial question... Can I leave the application sole (without installing ChmodBPF and using a post install script) in Composer and have users install Chmod BPF after once they have installed Wireshark from Self Service?

Contributor III

I am assuming this is the same for Intel and M1 builds, right?

New Contributor

Yes, I have this deployed to 3 M1 Silicon Macbooks as well.

New Contributor III

Did anyone use this deployment to start an automated packet capture on Ethernet, right after the install? I'm trying to troubleshoot an ADE/DEP issue, where some of the policies in the sequence are just stopped in kind of a waiting state and the Splashbuddy cannot finish, and I'm thinking to deploy the Wireshark right before the Splashbuddy, but I don't know how I could start the packet capture at that point