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       nmap - Network exploration tool and security scanner


       nmap [Scan Type(s)] [Options] <host or net #1 ... [#N]>


       Nmap  is designed to allow system administrators and curi­
       ous individuals to scan large networks to determine  which
       hosts  are  up  and what services they are offering.  nmap
       supports a large number of scanning  techniques  such  as:
       UDP, TCP connect(), TCP SYN (half open), ftp proxy (bounce
       attack), Reverse-ident, ICMP (ping sweep), FIN, ACK sweep,
       Xmas  Tree,  SYN sweep, and Null scan.  See the Scan Types
       section for more details.  nmap also offers  a  number  of
       advanced  features  such as remote OS detection via TCP/IP
       fingerprinting,  stealth  scanning,  dynamic   delay   and
       retransmission  calculations, parallel scanning, detection
       of down hosts via parallel  pings,  decoy  scanning,  port
       filtering detection, direct (non-portmapper) RPC scanning,
       fragmentation scanning, and flexible target and port spec­

       Significant  effort  has been put into decent nmap perfor­
       mance for non-root users.   Unfortunately,  many  critical
       kernel interfaces (such as raw sockets) require root priv­
       ileges.  nmap should be run as root whenever possible.

       The result of running nmap is usually a list of  interest­
       ing  ports on the machine(s) being scanned (if any).  Nmap
       always gives the port's  "well  known"  service  name  (if
       any),  number,  state,  and protocol.  The state is either
       'open', ´filtered´, or ´unfiltered´.  Open means that  the
       target  machine  will  accept()  connections on that port.
       Filtered means that a firewall, filter, or  other  network
       obstacle  is  covering  the  port and preventing nmap from
       determining whether the port is  open.   Unfiltered  means
       that  the  port is known by nmap to be closed and no fire­
       wall/filter seems to be interfering with  nmap's  attempts
       to  determine  this.  Unfiltered ports are the common case
       and are only shown when most of the scanned ports  are  in
       the filtered state.

       Depending  on  options used, nmap may also report the fol­
       lowing characteristics of the remote host: OS in use,  TCP
       sequencability,  usernames running the programs which have
       bound to each port, the DNS name, whether the  host  is  a
       smurf address, and a few others.


       Options  that  make  sense  together can generally be com­
       bined.  Some options are specific to certain  scan  modes.
       nmap  tries  to catch and warn the user about psychotic or
       unsupported option combinations.
       If you are impatient, you can skip to the examples section
       at the end, which demonstrates common usage.  You can also
       run nmap -h for a quick reference  page  listing  all  the


       -sT    TCP  connect() scan: This is the most basic form of
              TCP scanning. The connect() system call provided by
              your  operating system is used to open a connection
              to every interesting port on the  machine.  If  the
              port  is  listening, connect() will succeed, other­
              wise the port isn't reachable. One strong advantage
              to  this  technique is that you don't need any spe­
              cial privileges. Any user on  most  UNIX  boxes  is
              free to use this call.

              This  sort  of  scan is easily detectable as target
              host logs will show a bunch of connection and error
              messages  for  the services which accept() the con­
              nection just to have it immediately shutdown.

       -sS    TCP SYN scan: This technique is often  referred  to
              as  "half-open"  scanning, because you don't open a
              full TCP connection. You send a SYN packet,  as  if
              you  are  going  to  open a real connection and you
              wait for a response. A SYN|ACK indicates  the  port
              is  listening.  A  RST  is indicative of a non-lis­
              tener.  If a SYN|ACK is received, a RST is  immedi­
              ately  sent  to  tear down the connection (actually
              our OS kernel does this for us). The primary advan­
              tage to this scanning technique is that fewer sites
              will log it.  Unfortunately you  need  root  privi­
              leges to build these custom SYN packets.

       -sF -sX -sN
              Stealth  FIN,  Xmas Tree, or Null scan modes: There
              are times when even SYN scanning isn't  clandestine
              enough. Some firewalls and packet filters watch for
              SYNs to restricted ports, and programs like Synlog­
              ger  and  Courtney  are  available  to detect these
              scans. These advanced scans, on the other hand, may
              be able to pass through unmolested.

              The idea is that closed ports are required to reply
              to your probe packet with an RST, while open  ports
              must ignore the packets in question (see RFC 793 pp
              64).  The FIN  scan  uses  a  bare  (surprise)  FIN
              packet as the probe, while the Xmas tree scan turns
              on the FIN, URG, and PUSH  flags.   The  Null  scan
              turns off all flags.  Unfortunately Microsoft (like
              usual) decided to completely  ignore  the  standard
              and  do  things their own way.  Thus this scan type
              will not work against systems running Windows95/NT.
              On the positive side, this is a good way to distin­
              guish between the two platforms.  If the scan finds
              open  ports,  you know the machine is not a Windows
              box.  If a -sF,-sX,or  -sN  scan  shows  all  ports
              closed,  yet  a  SYN  (-sS)  scan shows ports being
              opened, you are probably looking at a Windows  box.
              This  is  less  useful  now that nmap has proper OS
              detection built in.  There are  also  a  few  other
              systems that are broken in the same way Windows is.
              They include Cisco, BSDI,  HP/UX,  MVS,  and  IRIX.
              All  of  the  above send resets from the open ports
              when they should just drop the packet.

       -sP    Ping scanning: Sometimes  you  only  want  to  know
              which  hosts on a network are up.  Nmap can do this
              by sending ICMP echo request packets  to  every  IP
              address  on  the  networks you specify.  Hosts that
              respond are up.  Unfortunately, some sites such  as
              microsoft.com  block  echo  request  packets.  Thus
              nmap can also send a TCP ack packet to (by default)
              port  80.   If  we get an RST back, that machine is
              up.  A  third  technique  involves  sending  a  SYN
              packet  and  waiting  for  a RST or a SYN/ACK.  For
              non-root users, a connect() method is used.

              By default (for root users),  nmap  uses  both  the
              ICMP  and  ACK  techniques  in  parallel.   You can
              change the -P option described later.

              Note that pinging is done by  default  anyway,  and
              only hosts that respond are scanned.  Only use this
              option if you wish to ping sweep without doing  any
              actual port scans.

       -sU    UDP  scans:  This method is used to determine which
              UDP (User Datagram Protocol,  RFC  768)  ports  are
              open  on  a  host.  The technique is to send 0 byte
              udp packets to each port on the target machine.  If
              we  receive  an ICMP port unreachable message, then
              the port is closed.   Otherwise  we  assume  it  is

              Some people think UDP scanning is pointless. I usu­
              ally remind them  of  the  recent  Solaris  rcpbind
              hole.  Rpcbind  can  be  found hiding on an undocu­
              mented  UDP  port  somewhere  above  32770.  So  it
              doesn't matter that 111 is blocked by the firewall.
              But can you find which of the more than 30,000 high
              ports  it  is  listening on? With a UDP scanner you
              can!  There is also the cDc Back  Orifice  backdoor
              program  which  hides on a configurable UDP port on
              Windows machines.  Not to mention the many commonly
              vulnerable  services that utilize UDP such as snmp,
              tftp, NFS, etc.
              Unfortunately UDP scanning is  sometimes  painfully
              slow since most hosts impliment a suggestion in RFC
              1812 (section of limiting the  ICMP  error
              message  rate.   For  example, the Linux kernel (in
              net/ipv4/icmp.h)  limits  destination   unreachable
              message  generation to 80 per 4 seconds, with a 1/4
              second penalty if that is  exceeded.   Solaris  has
              much  more strict limits (about 2 messages per sec­
              ond) and thus takes  even  longer  to  scan.   nmap
              detects  this  rate limiting and slows down accord­
              ingly, rather than flood the network  with  useless
              packets that will be ignored by the target machine.

              As is typical, Microsoft ignored the suggestion  of
              the  RFC  and does not seem to do any rate limiting
              at all on Win95 and NT machines.  Thus we can  scan
              all  65K  ports  of a Windows machine very quickly.

       -sA    ACK scan: This advanced method is usually  used  to
              map  out  firewall rulesets.  In particular, it can
              help determine whether a firewall  is  stateful  or
              just  a  simple  packet filter that blocks incoming
              SYN packets.

              This scan type sends an  ACK  packet  (with  random
              looking  acknowledgement/sequence  numbers)  to the
              ports specified.  If a RST comes back, the ports is
              classified  as "unfiltered".  If nothing comes back
              (or if an ICMP unreachable is returned),  the  port
              is  classified  as "filtered".  Note that nmap usu­
              ally doesn't print "unfiltered" ports,  so  getting
              no ports shown in the output is usually a sign that
              all the probes got  through  (and  returned  RSTs).
              This  scan  will  obviously never show ports in the
              "open" state.

       -sW    Window scan: This advanced scan is very similar  to
              the  ACK  scan, except that it can sometimes detect
              open ports as well as filtered/nonfiltered  due  to
              an anomaly in the TCP window size reporting by some
              operating  systems.   Systems  vulnerable  to  this
              include at least some versions of AIX, Amiga, BeOS,
              BSDI, Cray, Tru64  UNIX,  DG/UX,  OpenVMS,  Digital
              UNIX,  FreeBSD,  HP-UX,  OS/2, IRIX, MacOS, NetBSD,
              OpenBSD,  OpenStep,  QNX,  Rhapsody,   SunOS   4.X,
              Ultrix,  VAX,  and  VxWorks.   See the nmap-hackers
              mailing list archive for a full list.

       -sR    RPC scan.  This method works  in  combination  with
              the  various  port  scan methods of Nmap.  It takes
              all the TCP/UDP ports found open  and  then  floods
              them  with  SunRPC  program  NULL  commands  in  an
              attempt to determine whether they  are  RPC  ports,
              and  if  so,  what  program and version number they
              serve up.  Thus you can effectively obtain the same
              info  as  firewall  (or protected by TCP wrappers).
              Decoys do not currently work with RPC scan, at some
              point I may add decoy support for UDP RPC scans.

       -b <ftp relay host>
              FTP  bounce attack: An interesting "feature" of the
              ftp protocol (RFC 959) is support for  "proxy"  ftp
              connections.  In  other  words, I should be able to
              connect from evil.com to the  FTP  server  of  tar­
              get.com  and  request  that  the server send a file
              ANYWHERE on the internet!  Now this may have worked
              well  in  1985  when  the  RFC  was written. But in
              today's Internet, we can't  have  people  hijacking
              ftp servers and requesting that data be spit out to
              arbitrary points on the internet. As *Hobbit* wrote
              back  in  1995,  this protocol flaw "can be used to
              post virtually untraceable mail and news, hammer on
              servers at various sites, fill up disks, try to hop
              firewalls, and generally be annoying  and  hard  to
              track  down at the same time." What we will exploit
              this for is to (surprise, surprise) scan TCP  ports
              from  a  "proxy" ftp server. Thus you could connect
              to an ftp server behind a firewall, and  then  scan
              ports  that are more likely to be blocked (139 is a
              good one). If the ftp server  allows  reading  from
              and  writing to some directory (such as /incoming),
              you can send arbitrary data to ports  that  you  do
              find open (nmap doesn't do this for you though).

              The  argument  passed to the 'b' option is the host
              you want to use as a proxy, in standard  URL  nota­
              tion.      The     format     is:    username:pass­
              word@server:port.    Everything   but   server   is
              optional.  To determine what servers are vulnerable
              to this attack, you can see my  article  in  Phrack
              51.   And  updated version is available at the nmap
              URL (http://www.insecure.org/nmap).

              None of these are required but some  can  be  quite

       -P0    Do  not  try  and ping hosts at all before scanning
              them.  This allows the scanning  of  networks  that
              don't  allow  ICMP  echo  requests  (or  responses)
              through their firewall.  microsoft.com is an  exam­
              ple  of  such a network, and thus you should always
              use -P0 or -PT80 when portscanning microsoft.com.

       -PT    Use TCP "ping" to  determine  what  hosts  are  up.
              Instead  of  sending  ICMP echo request packets and
              waiting for a response, we spew out TCP ACK packets
              throughout  the  target  network  (or  to  a single
              machine) and then wait  for  responses  to  trickle
              back.  Hosts that are up should respond with a RST.
              This option preserves the efficiency of only  scan­
              ning  hosts that are up while still allowing you to
              scan networks/hosts that block ping  packets.   For
              non  root users, we use connect().  To set the des­
              tination port of the  probe  packets  use  -PT<port
              number>.   The  default port is 80, since this port
              is often not filtered out.

       -PS    This option uses SYN (connection  request)  packets
              instead  of ACK packets for root users.  Hosts that
              are up should respond with a  RST  (or,  rarely,  a

       -PI    This  option  uses  a true ping (ICMP echo request)
              packet.  It finds hosts that are up and also  looks
              for  subnet-directed  broadcast  addresses  on your
              network.  These are IP addresses which  are  exter­
              nally  reachable  and  translate  to a broadcast of
              incomming IP packets  to  a  subnet  of  computers.
              These  should  be eliminated if found as they allow
              for numerous denial of service  attacks  (Smurf  is
              the most common).

       -PB    This  is  the  default ping type.  It uses both the
              ACK ( -PT ) and ICMP ( -PI )  sweeps  in  parallel.
              This  way  you can get firewalls that filter either
              one (but not both).

       -O     This option activates  remote  host  identification
              via TCP/IP fingerprinting.  In other words, it uses
              a bunch of techniques to detect subtleties  in  the
              underlying  operating  system  network stack of the
              computers you are scanning.  It uses this  informa­
              tion  to  create  a 'fingerprint' which it compares
              with its database of  known  OS  fingerprints  (the
              nmap-os-fingerprints  file)  to decide what type of
              system you are scanning.

              If you find a machine that is misdiagnosed and  has
              at  least  one port open, it would be useful if you
              mail me the details (ie OS  blah  version  foo  was
              detected  as  OS  blah version bar).  If you find a
              machine with at least one port open for which  nmap
              says  'unknown  operating system', then it would be
              useful if you send me the IP address along with the
              OS  name and version number.  If you can't send the
              IP address, the next best thing is to run nmap with
              the  -d  option  and send me the three fingerprints
              that should result along with the OS name and  ver­
              sion  number.   By doing this you contribute to the
              pool of operating systems known to nmap and thus it
              will be more accurate for everyone.

       -I     This  turns on TCP reverse ident scanning. As noted
              by Dave Goldsmith in a 1996 Bugtraq post, the ident
              protocol  (rfc  1413)  allows for the disclosure of
              the username that owns any  process  connected  via
              TCP,  even if that process didn't initiate the con­
              nection. So you can, for example,  connect  to  the
              http  port  and then use identd to find out whether
              the server is running as root.  This  can  only  be
              done  with a full TCP connection to the target port
              (i.e. the -sT scanning option).  When -I  is  used,
              the  remote  host's identd is queried for each open
              port found.  Obviously this won't work if the  host
              is not running identd.

       -f     This option causes the requested SYN, FIN, XMAS, or
              NULL scan to use tiny fragmented IP  packets.   The
              idea  is  to  split  up the TCP header over several
              packets to  make  it  harder  for  packet  filters,
              intrusion  detection  systems, and other annoyances
              to detect what you are doing. Be careful with this!
              Some  programs  have  trouble  handling  these tiny
              packets. My favorite sniffer  segmentation  faulted
              immediately  upon receiving the first 36-byte frag­
              ment. After that comes a 24 byte  one!  While  this
              method  won't  get  by packet filters and firewalls
              that  queue  all  IP  fragments  (like   the   CON­
              FIG_IP_ALWAYS_DEFRAG  option  in the Linux kernel),
              some networks can't afford the performance hit this
              causes and thus leave it disabled.

              Note  that I do not yet have this option working on
              all systems.  It works fine for my Linux,  FreeBSD,
              and  OpenBSD  boxes  and  some people have reported
              success with other *NIX variants.

       -v     Verbose mode.  This is a highly recommended  option
              and  it  gives  out  more information about what is
              going on.  You can use it twice for greater effect.
              Use  -d a couple of times if you really want to get
              crazy with scrolling the screen!

       -h     This handy option display a quick reference  screen
              of  nmap  usage  options.  As you may have noticed,
              this man page is not exactly a 'quick reference' :)

       -oN <logfilename>
              This  logs  the  results  of your scans in a normal
              human readable form into the file you specify as an

       -oM <logfilename>
              This  logs  the  results of your scans in a machine
              parseable form into the  file  you  specify  as  an
              argument.   You  can give the argument ´-´ (without
              quotes) to shoot  output  into  stdout  (for  shell
              pipelines,  etc).   In this case normal output will
              be suppressed.  Watch out for error messages if you
              use this (they will still go to stderr).  Also note
              that ´-v´ will cause some extra information  to  be

       -oS <logfilename>
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       --resume <logfilename>
              A network scan that is cancelled due to  control-C,
              network  outage,  etc.  can  be  resumed using this
              option.  The logfilename must be  either  a  normal
              (-oN)  or  machine  parsable  (-oM)  log  from  the
              aborted scan.  No other options can be given  (they
              will  be  the same as the aborted scan).  Nmap will
              start on the machine after the  last  one  success­
              fully scanned in the log file.

       -iL <inputfilename>
              Reads target specifications from the file specified
              RATHER than from the command line.  The file should
              contain  a  list  of  host  or  network expressions
              seperated by spaces,  tabs,  or  newlines.   Use  a
              hyphen  (-)  as  inputfilename  if you want nmap to
              read host expressions from stdin (like at  the  end
              of  a  pipe).  See the section target specification
              for more information on the  expressions  you  fill
              the file with.

       -iR    This option tells Nmap to generate its own hosts to
              scan by simply picking random numbers :).  It  will
              never end.  This can be useful for statistical sam­
              pling of the Internet to estimate  various  things.
              If  you  are ever really bored, try nmap -sS -iR -p
              80 to find some web servers to look at.

       -p <port ranges>
              This option specifies what ports you want to  spec­
              ify.  For  example '-p 23' will only try port 23 of
              the target host(s).   ´-p  20-30,139,60000-´  scans
              ports  between  20  and 30, port 139, and all ports
              greater than 60000.  The default  is  to  scan  all
              ports  between  1  and  1024  as  well as any ports
              listed in the services file which comes with  nmap.

       -F Fast scan mode.
              Specifies  that  you  only  wish  to scan for ports
              listed in the services file which comes with  nmap.
              This  is  obviously  much  faster than scanning all
              65535 ports on a host.

       -D <decoy1 [,decoy2][,ME],...>
              Causes a decoy scan to be performed which makes  it
              appear  to  the  remote  host  that the host(s) you
              specify as decoys are scanning the  target  network
              too.   Thus  their IDS might report 5-10 port scans
              from unique IP addresses, but they won't know which
              IP  was  scanning  them  and  which  were  innocent
              decoys.  While this can be defeated through  router
              path tracing, response-dropping, and other "active"
              mechanisms, it is generally an extremely  effective
              technique for hiding your IP address.

              Separate  each  decoy host with commas, and you can
              optionally use 'ME' as one of the decoys to  repre­
              sent  the  position  you want your IP address to be
              used.  If your put 'ME'  in  the  6th  position  or
              later,  some  common  port  scan detectors (such as
              Solar Designer's excellent scanlogd) are  unlikeley
              to  show  your IP address at all.  If you don't use
              'ME', nmap will put you in a random position.

              Note that the hosts you use as decoys should be  up
              or  you  might  accidently  SYN flood your targets.
              Also it will be pretty easy to determine which host
              is  scanning if only one is actually up on the net­
              work.  You might want to use IP  addresses  instead
              of  names  (so  the decoy networks don't see you in
              their nameserver logs).

              Also note that some (stupid) "port scan  detectors"
              will  firewall/deny  routing  to hosts that attempt
              port scans.  Thus you might inadvertantly cause the
              machine  you  scan  to  lose  connectivity with the
              decoy machines you are using.  This could cause the
              target  machines  major  problems  if the decoy is,
              say, its  internet  gateway  or  even  "localhost".
              Thus  you  might want to be careful of this option.
              The real moral of the story is  that  detectors  of
              spoofable port scans should not take action against
              the machine that seems like  it  is  port  scanning
              them.  It could just be a decoy!

              Decoys  are  used  both  in  the  initial ping scan
              (using ICMP, SYN, ACK, or whatever) and during  the
              actual  port  scanning phase.  Decoys are also used
              during remote OS detection ( -O ).

              It is worth noting that using too many  decoys  may
              slow  your  scan  and potentially even make it less
              accurate.  Also, some ISPs  will  filter  out  your
              spoofed  packets, although many (currently most) do
              not restrict spoofed IP packets at all.

       -S <IP_Address>
              In some circumstances, nmap  may  not  be  able  to
              determine  your source address ( nmap will tell you
              if this is the case).  In this  situation,  use  -S
              with  your IP address (of the interface you wish to
              send packets through).

              Another possible use of this flag is to  spoof  the
              scan to make the targets think that someone else is
              scanning them.  Imagine a company being  repeatedly
              port  scanned  by a competitor!  This is not a sup­
              ported usage (or the main purpose) of this flag.  I
              just  think  it  raises  an interesting possibility
              that people should  be  aware  of  before  they  go
              accusing  others  of  port scanning them.  -e would
              generally be required for this sort of usage.

       -e <interface>
              Tells nmap what interface to send and receive pack­
              ets  on.  Nmap should be able to detect this but it
              will tell you if it cannot.

       -g <portnumber>
              Sets the source port number used  in  scans.   Many
              naive firewall and packet filter installations make
              an exception in their ruleset to allow DNS (53)  or
              FTP-DATA (20) packets to come through and establish
              a connection.  Obviously this  completely  subverts
              the  security  advantages  of  the  firewall  since
              intruders can just masquerade as FTP or DNS by mod­
              ifying their source port.  Obviously for a UDP scan
              you should try 53 first and TCP scans should try 20
              before  53.   Note  that  this is only a request --
              nmap will honor it only if and when it is able  to.
              For example, you can't do TCP ISN sampling all from
              one host:port to one host:port, so nmap changes the
              source port even if you used -g.

              Be  aware that there is a small performance penalty
              on some scans for  using  this  option,  because  I
              sometimes  store  useful  information in the source
              port number.

       -r     Tells Nmap NOT to  randomize  the  order  in  which
              ports are scanned.

              Tells  Nmap  to  shuffle  each  group of up to 2048
              hosts before it scans  them.   This  can  make  the
              scans  less  obvious  to various network monitoring
              systems, especially when you combine it  with  slow
              timing options (see below).

       -M <max sockets>
              Sets  the  maximum  number  of sockets that will be
              used in parallel for  a  TCP  connect()  scan  (the
              default).   This  is useful to slow down the scan a
              little bit  and  avoid  crashing  remote  machines.
              Another  approach is to use -sS, which is generally
              easier for machines to handle.

              Generally Nmap does a good  job  at  adjusting  for
              Network  characteristics at runtime and scanning as
              fast as possible while minimizing that  chances  of
              hosts/ports  going  undetected.  However, there are
              same cases where Nmap's default timing  policy  may
              not  meet  your  objectives.  The following options
              provide a fine level of control over the scan  tim­

       -T <Paranoid|Sneaky|Polite|Normal|Aggressive|Insane>
              These  are  canned timing policies for conveniently
              expressing your priorities to Nmap.  Paranoid  mode
              scans  very  slowly in the hopes of avoiding detec­
              tion by IDS systems.  It serializes all  scans  (no
              parallel  scanning)  and generally waits at least 5
              minutes between sending packets.  Sneaky  is  simi­
              lar,  except it only waits 15 seconds between send­
              ing packets.  Polite is meant to ease load  on  the
              network   and   reduce   the  chances  of  crashing
              machines.  It serializes the probes  and  waits  at
              least  0.4  seconds  between  them.   Normal is the
              default Nmap  behaviour,  which  tries  to  run  as
              quickly as possible without overloading the network
              or missing hosts/ports.  Aggressive mode adds  a  5
              minute  timeout  per  host  and it never waits more
              than 1.25 seconds for probe responses.   Insane  is
              only  suitable  for very fast networks or where you
              don't mind losing some information.  It  times  out
              hosts  in 75 seconds and only waits 0.3 seconds for
              individual probes.  It does allow  for  very  quick
              network  sweeps  though :).  You can also reference
              these by number (0-5).  For example, ´-T  0´  gives
              you Paranoid mode and ´-T 5´ is Insane mode.

              These  canned  timing  modes  should NOT be used in
              combination with the  lower  level  controls  given

       --host_timeout <milliseconds>
              Specifies  the  amount  of  time Nmap is allowed to
              spend scanning a single host before  giving  up  on
              that IP.  The default timing mode has no host time­

       --max_rtt_timeout <milliseconds>
              Specifies  the  maximum  amount  of  time  Nmap  is
              allowed   to  wait  for  a  probe  response  before
              retransmitting or timing out that particular probe.
              The default mode sets this to about 9000.

       --min_rtt_timeout <milliseconds>
              When  the target hosts start to establish a pattern
              of responding very quickly, Nmap  will  shrink  the
              amount of time given per probe.  This speeds up the
              scan,  but  can  lead  to  missed  packets  when  a
              response takes longer than usual.  With this param­
              eter you can guarantee that Nmap will wait at least
              the  given  amount  of  time  before giving up on a

       --initial_rtt_timeout <milliseconds>
              Specifies the initial probe timeout.  This is  gen­
              erally  only  useful  when scanning firwalled hosts
              with -P0.  Normally Nmap can obtain good RTT  esti­
              mates  from the ping and the first few probes.  The
              default mode uses 6000.

       --max_parallelism <number>
              Specifies the  maximum  number  of  scans  Nmap  is
              allowed  to  perform  in parallel.  Setting this to
              one means Nmap will never try to scan more  than  1
              port  at  a  time.   It also effects other parallel
              scans such as ping sweep, RPC scan, etc.

       --scan_delay <milliseconds>
              Specifies the minimum amount of time Nmap must wait
              between  probes.   This  is mostly useful to reduce
              network load or to slow the scan way down to  sneak
              under IDS thresholds.


       Everything  that  isn't  an option (or option argument) in
       nmap is treated as a target host specification.  The  sim­
       plest  case is listing single hostnames or IP addresses on
       the command line.  If you want to  scan  a  subnet  of  IP
       addresses,  you  can  append '/mask' to the hostname or IP
       address.  mask must be between 0 (scan the whole internet)
       and  32 (scan the single host specified).  Use /24 to scan
       a class 'C' address and /16 for a class 'B'.

       Nmap also has a more  powerful  notation  which  lets  you
       specify an IP address using lists/ranges for each element.
       Thus you can scan the whole class 'B' network  128.210.*.*
       by  specifying  '128.210.*.*'  or '128.210.0-255.0-255' or
       even use the mask notation: ''.   These  are
       all equivalent.  If you use asterisks ('*'), remember that
       most shells require you to escape them with  back  slashes
       or protect them with quotes.

       Another  interesting thing to do is slice the Internet the
       other way.  Instead of scanning all the hosts in  a  class
       specifying hosts to scan, see the examples section.


       Here are some examples of using nmap, from simple and nor­
       mal to a little more complex/esoteric.  Note  that  actual
       numbers  and  some  actual  domain  names are used to make
       things more concrete.  In their place you  should  substi­
       tute  addresses/names  from  your  own  network.  I do not
       think portscanning other networks is illegal;  nor  should
       portscans  be  construed  by  others as an attack.  I have
       scanned  hundreds  of  thousands  of  machines  and   have
       received  only  one  complaint.  But I am not a lawyer and
       some (anal) people may be annoyed  by  nmap  probes.   Get
       permission first or use at your own risk.

       nmap -v target.example.com

       This  option  scans  all reserved TCP ports on the machine
       target.example.com .  The -v means turn on verbose mode.

       nmap -sS -O target.example.com/24

       Launches a stealth SYN scan against each machine  that  is
       up out of the 255 machines on class 'C' where target.exam­
       ple.com resides.  It also tries to determine what  operat­
       ing system is running on each host that is up and running.
       This requires root privileges because of the SYN scan  and
       the OS detection.

       nmap -sX -p 22,53,110,143,4564 128.210.*.1-127

       Sends  an  Xmas tree scan to the first half of each of the
       255 possible 8  bit  subnets  in  the  128.210  class  'B'
       address  space.   We  are  testing whether the systems run
       sshd, DNS, pop3d, imapd, or port  4564.   Note  that  Xmas
       scan  doesn't  work  on Microsoft boxes due to their defi­
       cient TCP stack.  Same goes with CISCO, IRIX,  HP/UX,  and
       BSDI boxes.

       nmap -v --randomize_hosts -p 80 '*.*.2.3-5'

       Rather  than focus on a specific IP range, it is sometimes
       interesting to slice up the entire  Internet  and  scan  a
       small  sample from each slice.  This command finds all web
       servers on machines with  IP  addresses  ending  in  .2.3,
       .2.4,  or  .2.5 find more interesting machines starting at
       127. so you might want to use  '127-222'  instead  of  the
       first asterisks because that section has a greater density
       of interesting machines (IMHO).

       host -l company.com | cut '-d ' -f 4 | ./nmap -v -iL -

       Do a DNS zone transfer to find the  hosts  in  company.com
       and  then  feed  the IP addresses to nmap.  The above com­
       mands are for my GNU/Linux box.  You  may  need  different
       commands/options on other operating systems.


       Bugs?  What bugs?  Send me any that you find.  Patches are
       nice too :) Remember to also send in new  OS  fingerprints
       so we can grow the database.  Nmap will give you a submis­
       sion URL when an appropriate fingerprint is found.


       Fyodor <fyodor@dhp.com>


       The  newest  version  of  nmap  can   be   obtained   from

       nmap  is  (C)  1997,1998,1999,2000 by Fyodor (fyodor@inse­

       libpcap is also distributed along with nmap.  It is  copy­
       righted  by  Van Jacobson, Craig Leres and Steven McCanne,
       all of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,  Univer­
       sity of California, Berkeley, CA.  The version distributed
       with nmap may be modified, pristine sources are  available
       from ftp://ftp.ee.lbl.gov/libpcap.tar.Z .

       This  program  is  free  software; you can redistribute it
       and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public
       License as published by the Free Software Foundation; Ver­
       sion 2.  This guarantees your right to  use,  modify,  and
       redistribute  Nmap  under  certain  conditions.   If  this
       license is unacceptable to you, Insecure.Org may be  will­
       ing to sell alternative licenses (contact fyodor@dhp.com).

       Source is provided to this  software  because  we  believe
       users have a right to know exactly what a program is going
       to do before they run it.  This also allows you  to  audit
       the  software  for security holes (none have been found so

       Source code also allows you to port nmap to new platforms,
       fix bugs, and add new features.  You are highly encouraged
       to send your changes to Fyodor for possible  incorporation
       into the main Nmap distribution.  By sending these changes
       to Fyodor or nmap-hackers, it  is  assumed  that  you  are
       offering  Fyodor  the  unlimited,  non-exclusive  right to
       reuse, modify, and relicense the code.   If  you  wish  to
       specify  special license conditions of your contributions,
       please state them up front.

       This program is distributed in the hope that  it  will  be
       useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied
       PURPOSE.   See  the  GNU  General  Public License for more
       details (it is in the COPYING file of the  nmap  distribu­

       It  should also be noted that Nmap has been known to crash
       certain poorly written applications,  TCP/IP  stacks,  and
       even  operating systems.  Nmap should never be run against
       mission critical systems unless you are prepared to suffer
       downtime.   We  acknowledge  here that Nmap may crash your
       systems or networks and we disclaim all liability for  any
       damage or problems Nmap could cause.

       All  versions  of  Nmap  equal  to or greater than 2.0 are
       believed to be Year 2000 (Y2K) compliant in all  respects.
       There  is  no  reason to believe versions earlier than 2.0
       are susceptible to problems, but we have not tested  them.

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