[Winpcap-users] Running as non-admin

Gianluca Varenni gianluca.varenni at cacetech.com
Thu Jan 29 18:28:55 GMT 2009

Admin rights are required to start the driver.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Bengt Werstén 
  To: winpcap-users at winpcap.org 
  Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2009 3:06 AM
  Subject: [Winpcap-users] Running as non-admin


  Stolen from FAQ:

  Q-7: Do I need to be Administrator in order to execute programs based on WinPcap on Windows NT/2000/XP?

  A: Yes/no. The security model of WinPcap is quite poor, and we plan to work on it in the future. At the moment, if you execute a WinPcap-based application for the first time since the last reboot, you must be administrator. At the first execution, the driver will be dynamically installed in the system, and from that moment every user will be able to use WinPcap to sniff the packets.

  I understand admin rights are required for the first run to install and start the NPF driver but why do you need admin again after a reboot? Is there any work around to only require admin at first run _ever_. That would help us out a lot.

  Bengt Werstén



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