The mission of OpenPacket.org is to provide quality network traffic traces to researchers, analysts, and other members of the digital security community. One of the most difficult problems facing researchers, analysts, and others is understanding traffic carried by networks. At present there is no central repository of traces from which a student of network traffic could draw samples. OpenPacket.org provides one possible solution to this problem.
Analysts looking for network traffic of a particular type can visit OpenPacket.org, query the OpenPacket.org capture repo for matching traces, and download those packets in their original format (e.g., Libpcap, etc.). The analyst will be able to process and analyze that traffic using tools of their choice, like Tcpdump, Snort, Ethereal, and so on.
Analysts who collect their own traffic will be able to submit it to the OpenPacket.org database after they register.
Anonymous users can download any trace that's published. Only registered users can upload. This system provides a level of accountability for trace uploads.
Our moderators will review the trace to ensure it does not contain any sensitive information that should not be posted publicly. Besides appearing on the site, once a trace has been published you can receive notice of it via this published trace RSS feed.
If you have any doubt regarding the publication of a trace, do not try to submit it. When moderators are unsure of the nature of a trace, we will reject it. OpenPacket.org is not a vehicle for publishing enterprise data as contained in network traffic.
In the upcoming months you will see significant changes and improvements to the OpenPacket.org site. Many of these suggestions are the result of user feedback, so please keep it coming and stay tuned as updates are released!