Binary package “libpcap0.8” in ubuntu precise
system interface for user-level packet capture
libpcap (Packet CAPture) provides a portable framework for low-level
network monitoring. Applications include network statistics collection,
security monitoring, network debugging, etc.
Since almost every system vendor provides a different interface for
packet capture, and since there are several tools that require this
functionality, the libpcap authors created this system-independent API
to ease in porting and to alleviate the need for several
system-dependent packet capture modules in each application.