Tutorial: Lightweight Discovery Access Protocol (LDAP)

layer 7 LDAP


This tutorial discusses the plugin ldapDecode.


First, restore T2 into a pristine state by removing all unnecessary or older plugins from the plugin folder ~/.tranalyzer/plugins:

t2build -e -y

Are you sure you want to empty the plugin folder '/home/wurst/.tranalyzer/plugins' (y/N)? yes
Plugin folder emptied

Then compile the core (tranalyzer2) and the following plugins:

t2build tranalyzer2 basicFlow ldapDecode txtSink


If you did not create a separate data and results directory yet, please do it now in another bash window, that facilitates your workflow:

mkdir ~/data ~/results

The sample PCAP used in this tutorial can be downloaded here: ldap.pcap.

Please save it in your ~/data folder.

Now you are all set for analyzing LDAP traffic!


Let’s look at the plugin configuration first:


vi src/ldapDecode.h

Run t2 on the supplied pcap.

t2 -r ~/data/ -w ~/results/ -s

So the aggregated ldapStat tells us there is LDAP.

tawk -V ldapStat

The ldapStat column is to be interpreted as follows:

   bit | ldapStat | Description
     0 | 0x01     | LDAP_DETECT
     1 | 0x02     |
     2 | 0x04     |
     3 | 0x08     | LDAP_SASL
     4 | 0x10     | LDAP_NXT_PKT
     5 | 0x20     |
     6 | 0x40     | LDAP_LEN_OVRN
     7 | 0x80     | LDAP_ERR

tcol ~/results/ldap_flows.txt


Don’t forget to reset the plugin configuration for the next tutorial.

t2conf ldapDecode --reset && t2build ldapDecode

Have fun analyzing LDAP traffic!