IPv6 support for Mausezahn traffic generator
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What is Mausezahn?

Mausezahn is a free fast traffic generator written in C which allows you to
send nearly every possible and impossible packet. It is mainly used to test
VoIP or multicast networks but also for security audits to check whether your
systems are hardened enough for specific attacks. Mausezahn can be used for

    * As traffic generator (e. g. to stress multicast networks)
    * To precisely measure jitter (delay variations) between two hosts (e. g.
      for VoIP-SLA verification)
    * As didactical tool during a datacom lecture or for lab exercises
    * For penetration testing of firewalls and IDS
    * For DoS attacks on networks (for audit purposes of course)
    * To find bugs in network software or appliances
    * For reconnaissance attacks using ping sweeps and port scans
    * To test network behaviour under strange circumstances (stress test, 
      malformed packets, ...)

...and more. Mausezahn is basically a versatile packet creation tool on the
command line with a simple syntax and context help. It could also be used
within (bash-) scripts to perform combination of tests.

Currently Mausezahn is only available for Linux platforms. There are no plans
for a Windows version and please do NOT PORT Mausezahn to Windows!

Quick Introduction

NOTE: Since version 0.38 there is also an 'interactive mode' with more and
advanced features. Below, only the legacy 'direct mode' is explained.
Please consult  mops.html in /usr/share/mz/ or http://www.perihel.at/sec/mz/ 
for more information about this interactive mode.

Let me give you a quick example to demonstrate how simple it is to work with
Mausezahn. Please note that you must have root rights.

▶ Send an arbitrary sequence of bytes through your network card 1000 times:

# mz eth0 -c 1000 \
  "ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff cc:dd 00:00:00:ca:fe:ba:be"

Note that this 'frame' is (by intention) completely invalid with respect to the
Ethernet standard; the frame is too short (called a 'runt') and has a broadcast
source address.

▶ But you can send more complex packets easily with the built-in packet
builders using the -t option. Let's send a forged DNS response to host by impersonating the DNS server

# mz eth0  -A -B \ 
  -t dns "q=www.thehostyouseek.com, a="

Of course you can manipulate much more in the DNS header, simply type mz -t dns
help for additional help.

▶ Perform a TCP SYN-Flood attack against all hosts in subnet which
are in VLAN 100. Try out all 1023 well-known ports. Provided that you are in
the native VLAN 50 you can reach the target via VLAN-hopping. Repeat the whole
attack endlessly by setting the count option to zero:

# mz eth0 -c 0 -Q 50,100 -A rand -B -t tcp "flags=syn, dp=1-1023"

▶ Confuse the spanning tree: Behave like a root bridge and generate BPDUs with
lowest Bridge ID every two seconds:

# mz eth0 -c 0 -d 2s -t bpdu 

As you see you don't even need to specify any other BPDU parameters because
Mausezahn assumes that your PC wants to be the root per default. Of course you
can modify every BPDU parameter. Event the Cisco-proprietary per-vlan spanning
tree PVST+ is supported:

# mz eth0 -c 0 -d 2s -t bpdu vlan=314

▶ Voice over IP connections suffer from jitter (delay variations). Hence it is
important to know the jitter across a given path. Using Mausezahn you can
precisely measure the jitter continuously. Simply configure a Mausezahn sender
and a receiver:

TX# mz eth0 -t rtp -B rx.somewhere.net
RX# mz eth0 -T rtp "log, path=/tmp"

Using these settings, the sender (TX) sends RTP packets every 30 msec to the
specified receiver (RX). Station RX stores moving average data in
/tmp/rtp_avg_20080801-120233 (filename is current timestamp). The data is a
comma seperated list that can be easily analyzed and visualized with standard
tools, e. g. R, Matlab, Octave, or this python tool (which needs the

Supported Packet Types

For a list of all current supported packet types please enter

# mz -t help

Disclaimer and License

Mausezahn is basically a network and firewall testing tool. Don't use this
tool when you are not aware of its consequences or have only little knowledge
aqbout networks and data communication. If you abuse Mausezahn for
unauthorized attacks and get caught, or damage something of your own, then
this is completely your fault.

Mausezahn (C)2008-2010 by Herbert Haas is licensed under the GNU Public
License (GPL) version 2. See the file COPYING for a license definition or