Tool and Usage
|Programming languages||C, C++, Lua, Python|
|Latest release||7.70 |
Nmap is short for "Network Mapper". It is a free and open source utility for network discovery and security auditing. It was release in September of 1997 by Gordon Lyon, commonly known under his pseudonym "Fyodor".
Usage and audience
Nmap is commonly used for network scanning or vulnerability scanning. Target users for this tool are pentesters, security professionals, and system administrators.
Example usage and output
Tool review and remarks
The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:
- + Project is mature (10+ years)
- + The source code of this software is available
- + Well-known author
- + Well-known tool
- - Software usage is restricted (e.g. commercially)
Supported operating systems
Nmap is known to work on FreeBSD, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, and OpenBSD.
- Manual (compilation)
|Ping sweep with Nmap|
nmap -T5 -sP -n 192.168.1.0/24
|Using Nmap to display only the hosts with a specific port opened|
|Show available Nmap scripts|
Similar tools to Nmap:
portSpider is a security tool to scan network ranges and find open ports. The goal of the tool is to find vulnerable services.
Zenmap is the graphical user interface for the well-known network and vulnerability scanner Nmap. Read how it works in this review.
Vscan is a security tool to perform vulnerability scanning with Nmap. It leverages NSE scripts to provide some flexibility in terms of vulnerability detection and exploitation.
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