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Nmap security scanner gets new scripts, performance boosts

Fahmida Y. Rashid | Dec. 22, 2016
Nmap 7.40 has new scripts that give IT administrators improved network mapping and port scanning capabilities

Nmap also maintains a list of service fingerprints so that it can easily detect different types of services running on the machine. Nmap now detects 1,161 protocols, including airserv-ng, domaintime, rhpp, and usher. The fingerprints help speed up overall scan times.

Nmap 7.40 also adds service probe and UDP payload for Quick UDP Internet Connection, a secure transport developed by Google that is used with HTTP/2.

A common issue when running a network scan is the time it takes to complete when some of the ports are unresponsive. A new option—defeat-icmp-ratelimit—will label unresponsive ports as “closed|filtered” in order to reduce overall UDP scan times. Those unresponsive ports may be open, but by marking the port this way, administrators know those ports require additional investigation.

Source code and binary packages for Linux, Windows, and MacOS are available from the Nmap Project page.


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