VoIP applications usually limit theirs monitoring capabilities to the generation of CDR (Call Data Records) that are used for the generation of billing/consumption data. In essence you know how many calls a certain user/number has made, the duration etc. While this information can be enough for basic monitoring, it is not enough for guaranteeing reliable call quality as these systems are essentially blind with respect to call quality. Wireshark can analyse both call signalling and voice, but it is a troubleshooting tool meaning that it cannot be used for permanent monitoring but just for analysing specific situations when there is a specific problem to analyse.
Fortunately you can complement CDR with realtime VoIP traffic monitoring and voice quality analysis using nProbe Pro (with VoIP plugin) and ntopng. All you need is to send nProbe (usually via a span port or network tap) the VoIP traffic (or if you want all your network traffic including VoIP) for analysis. Via redis, nProbe is able to analyse SIP, RTP, RTCP and to correlate SIP with RTP, so that you know for each RTP stream what is the call it belongs to.
Supposing that the traffic to monitor is received on eth1 all you need to do is to start the following applications (in the example below thay have been started on the same machine but via ZMQ flows can be sent remotely over the network in an encrypted format)
# nprobe -i eth1 -T "%IPV4_SRC_ADDR %IPV4_DST_ADDR %IPV4_NEXT_HOP %INPUT_SNMP %OUTPUT_SNMP %IN_PKTS %IN_BYTES %FIRST_SWITCHED %LAST_SWITCHED %L4_SRC_PORT %L4_DST_PORT %TCP_FLAGS %PROTOCOL %L7_PROTO @SIP@ @RTP@" --redis localhost --zmq tcp://127.0.0.1:1234 $ ntopng -i tcp://127.0.0.1:1234
In essence nProbe analyses the traffic and sends ntopng flows via ZMQ. ntopng collects the flows and display them on the user interface. Inside the nProbe template there are two special information elements @SIP@ and @RTP@: they represent a wildcard for various information elements such as SIP caller/called or RTP codecs. This way users can forget about VoIP details and focus on monitoring traffic
As you can see, ntopng interprets the VoIP information and represents it in a user-friendly way. It reports not just about CDRs, but it can analyse voice quality by computing pseudo-MOS. This enables network administrators to spot calls with bad quality and try to find a solution to the problem. If you enable in ntopng the export to ElasticSearch and/or MySQL, you can dump call information persistently on a database or use Kibana to create a dashboard about VoIP calls.
# StartTime[epoch] EndTime[epoch] SIP_Server[ascii:32] ClientIP[ascii:32] CallId[ascii:64] CallingParty[ascii:64] CalledParty[ascii:64] RTPInfo[ascii:64] SIPFailureCode[uint] ReasonCause[uint] Packets[uint] CallState[ascii:64] StateMachine[ascii] # 1481205353 1481205353 18.104.22.168 10.96.5.59 firstname.lastname@example.org brix <sip:email@example.com> <sip:firstname.lastname@example.org> 10.37.129.2:50070,22.214.171.124:50422 200 0 12105 CALL_COMPLETED INVITE=1481205353,TRYING=0,RINGING=1481205353,INV_RSP=1481205353,BYE=1481205353,CANCEL=0 1481205353 1481205353 10.96.5.59 126.96.36.199 email@example.com brix <sip:firstname.lastname@example.org> <sip:email@example.com> 188.8.131.52:50390,0.0.0.0:0 200 0 5 CALL_IN_PROGRESS INVITE=0,TRYING=0,RINGING=1481205353,INV_RSP=1481205353,BYE=0,CANCEL=0
Above you can find an excerpt of a call sample. The whole list of SIP
%SIP_CALL_ID SIP call-id %SIP_CALLING_PARTY SIP Call initiator %SIP_CALLED_PARTY SIP Called party %SIP_RTP_CODECS SIP RTP codecs %SIP_INVITE_TIME SIP time (epoch) of INVITE %SIP_TRYING_TIME SIP time (epoch) of Trying %SIP_RINGING_TIME SIP time (epoch) of RINGING %SIP_INVITE_OK_TIME SIP time (epoch) of INVITE OK %SIP_INVITE_FAILURE_TIME SIP time (epoch) of INVITE FAILURE %SIP_BYE_TIME SIP time (epoch) of BYE %SIP_BYE_OK_TIME SIP time (epoch) of BYE OK %SIP_CANCEL_TIME SIP time (epoch) of CANCEL %SIP_CANCEL_OK_TIME SIP time (epoch) of CANCEL OK %SIP_RTP_IPV4_SRC_ADDR SIP RTP stream source IP %SIP_RTP_L4_SRC_PORT SIP RTP stream source port %SIP_RTP_IPV4_DST_ADDR SIP RTP stream dest IP %SIP_RTP_L4_DST_PORT SIP RTP stream dest port %SIP_RESPONSE_CODE SIP failure response code %SIP_REASON_CAUSE SIP Cancel/Bye/Failure reason cause %SIP_C_IP SIP C IP adresses %SIP_CALL_STATE SIP Call State
%RTP_SSRC RTP Sync Source ID %RTP_FIRST_SEQ First flow RTP Seq Number %RTP_FIRST_TS First flow RTP timestamp %RTP_LAST_SEQ Last flow RTP Seq Number %RTP_LAST_TS Last flow RTP timestamp %RTP_IN_JITTER RTP jitter (ms * 1000) %RTP_OUT_JITTER RTP jitter (ms * 1000) %RTP_IN_PKT_LOST Packet lost in stream (src->dst) %RTP_OUT_PKT_LOST Packet lost in stream (dst->src) %RTP_IN_PKT_DROP Packet discarded by Jitter Buffer (src->dst) %RTP_OUT_PKT_DROP Packet discarded by Jitter Buffer (dst->src) %RTP_IN_PAYLOAD_TYPE RTP payload type %RTP_OUT_PAYLOAD_TYPE RTP payload type %RTP_IN_MAX_DELTA Max delta (ms*100) between consecutive pkts (src->dst) %RTP_OUT_MAX_DELTA Max delta (ms*100) between consecutive pkts (dst->src) %RTP_SIP_CALL_ID SIP call-id corresponding to this RTP stream %RTP_MOS RTP pseudo-MOS (value * 100) (average both directions) %RTP_IN_MOS RTP pseudo-MOS (value * 100) (src->dst) %RTP_OUT_MOS RTP pseudo-MOS (value * 100) (dst->src) %RTP_R_FACTOR RTP pseudo-R_FACTOR (value * 100) (average both directions) %RTP_IN_R_FACTOR RTP pseudo-R_FACTOR (value * 100) (src->dst) %RTP_OUT_R_FACTOR RTP pseudo-R_FACTOR (value * 100) (dst->src) %RTP_IN_TRANSIT RTP Transit (value * 100) (src->dst) %RTP_OUT_TRANSIT RTP Transit (value * 100) (dst->src) %RTP_RTT RTP Round Trip Time (ms) %RTP_DTMF_TONES DTMF tones sent (if any) during the call
information elements are reported above.
Thanks to PF_RING, using nProbe it is possible to monitor large VoIP networks using a low-cost x86-based server with tent of thousand concurrent calls. Advanced users can instruct nProbe also to create call logs (you need to add –sip-dump-dir <dump dir> to the nProbe command line) in addition to exporting data to ntopng.
Happy VoIP traffic monitoring!