Banner grabbing tools


Banner grabbing is a technique to gain information about a computer system and its services. Typically this is done by scanning for network services and sending requests to learn more about the particular service. An attacker can use this information to learn more about the system, its services, or even the system owner.


Banner grabbing tools are typically used for discovery of sensitive information, information gathering, reconnaissance.

Users for these tools include pentesters and security professionals.


Popular banner grabbing tools

ZGrab (banner grabbing tool)

penetration testing, security assessment, vulnerability scanning

This tool can be used to grab banner of services, including those using SSL/TLS. Such usage can be useful for security assessments or find out what particular service is running on an internal system.

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