Password Sniffer Console : Command-line Tool to Sniff and Capture HTTP/FTP/POP3/SMTP/IMAP Passwords |
Password Sniffer Console
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Password Sniffer Console is the all-in-one command-line based Password Sniffing Tool to capture Email, Web and FTP login passwords passing through the network.

It automatically detects the login packets on network for various protocols and instantly decodes the passwords.

Here is the list of supported protocols,

  • HTTP (BASIC authentication)
  • FTP
  • POP3
  • IMAP
  • SMTP

In addition to recovering your own lost passwords, you can use this tool in following scenarios,

  • Run it on Gateway System where all of your network's traffic pass through.
  • In MITM Attack, run it on middle system to capture the Passwords from target system.
  • On Multi-user System, run it under Administrator account to silently capture passwords for all the users.

It includes Installer which installs the Winpcap, network capture driver required for sniffing. For Windows 8, first you have to manually install Winpcap driver (in Windows 7 Compatibility mode) and then run our installer to install only Password Sniffer Console.

It is a very useful tool for penetration testers and being a command-line tool makes it suitable for automation.

It works on both 32-bit & 64-bit platforms starting from Windows XP to Windows 8.

PasswordSnifferConsole requires Winpcap ( - industry standard packet capture library for Windows. By default latest version of Winpcap (as of this writing v4.1.2) is installed automatically during the installation of Password Sniffer Console.

However if you don't want it, you can uncheck it during installation and later install the latest version manually.
Installation & Uninstallation

PasswordSnifferConsole comes with Installer which install all the required softwares along with main software so you do not have to worry about separately installing any of the dependent softwares.

It has intuitive setup wizard which guides you through series of steps in completion of installation.

Installation on Windows 8
  • For Windows 8, you need to first manually install Winpcap driver (included in zip file) in 'Windows 7 Compatibility mode.'
  • Follow the instructions mentioned in this link
  • After that install 'Password Sniffer Console' without installing Winpcap (by unchecking Winpcap Driver option)
  • That's all, now you are ready for sniffing :)
At any point of time, you can uninstall the product using the Uninstaller located at following location (by default)
[Windows 32 bit]
C:\Program Files\SecurityXploded\PasswordSnifferConsole

[Windows 64 bit]
C:\Program Files (x86)\SecurityXploded\PasswordSnifferConsole
How to Use?
Password Sniffer Console is very easy to use tool. It is command-line/console based tool, hence you have to launch it from the command prompt (cmd.exe) as shown below.

   PasswordSnifferConsole.exe [-i <index>]
        -h     This help screen
        -i     Specify the Index of Network Device to start sniffing
Examples of Password Sniffer Console
//Select the Network Device from the list interactively and Start Sniffing
//Start Sniffing directly on Network Device with Index 1
PasswordSnifferConsole.exe -i 1
//Show this help screen
PasswordSnifferConsole.exe -h
Here are the simple usage instructions
  • Launch the 'Password Sniffer Console' after installation.
  • You can either specify the index of network device directly in the command-line (as shown above) or choose to select it from the list
  • Once you select the device, Password Sniffing will start automatically.
  • You will see passwords being displayed as they are captured from network traffic as shown in the screenshot below.
For Windows 8, you need to install Winpcap driver manually as mentioned here
Screenshot 1:Password Sniffer Console is showing the captured passwords.
PasswordSnifferConsole showing recovered passwords

PasswordSnifferConsole depends upon Winpcap packet capturing library. So if you have not installed it earlier or unchecked it during the Installation of PasswordSnifferConsole then you will see the error message like below,

"This application has failed to start because wpcap.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix the problem"

In such case you can run the installation of PasswordSnifferConsole again (make sure Winpcap option is selected) which will install the Winpcap library on your system. After that you should be able to run PasswordSnifferConsole without above mentioned problem.

For Windows 8, follow the instructions here

Release History
Version 2.0 :  8th Jan 2015
Integrated Uninstaller into Add/Remove Programs, now you can uninstall it in a standard way. Also updated new packet capture engine module.
Version 1.5 :  8th May 2013
Added option to specify Network Device Index in the command-line parameter itself. This makes it more suitable for automation.
Version 1.0 :  15th Mar 2013
First public release of PasswordSnifferConsole
PasswordSnifferConsole is designed to recover the lost passwords and to help penetration testers.

Like any tool its use either good or bad, depends upon the user who uses it. However Author or SecurityXploded is not responsible for any damage caused due to misuse of this tool.

Read complete License & Disclaimer terms here.
FREE Download Password Sniffer Console v2.0

License: Freeware
Platform: Windows XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8

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