2. Dissector

class haka.dissector_data

Communicate the dissector data to rules or other dissectors.


Read-only current dissector name.


Name of the next dissector to call. This value can be read-only or writable depending of the dissector.

Returns:false if the data are invalid and should not be processed anymore. This could happens if a packet is dropped.

This is a generic function that is called to drop the packet, data or stream.


This function will be called in a loop to enable for instance a dissector to create multiple packets.

Returns:Previous dissector data. When no more data is available, the function should return nil.

Declare a dissector. The table parameter d should contains the following fields:

  • name: The name of the dissector. This name should be unique.
  • dissect: A function that take one parameter. This function is the core of the dissector. It will be called with the previous dissector_data and should return a dissector_data.
  • hooks: A table containing a list of custom hooks.

3. Hooks

Haka has up/down built-in hooks associated with protocol modules such as ipv4 (ipv4-up, ipv4-down) or tcp (tcp-up, tcp-down). Custom hooks such as those defined for http module (http-request, http-response) could be used thanks to the following function:

haka.rule_hook(hook-name, dissector-name)

Trigger the evaluation of rules attached to the given hook-name.

Returns:false if the evaluation should be stopped. This could happens if a packet is dropped.