Nmap 6.25 Released! With 85 New Scripts, Windows 8 Enhancements & Better Performance

Nmap 6.25 Released! With 85 New Scripts, Windows 8 Enhancements & Better Performance

Gordon Lyon also known as Fyodor, the author of world's most popular security scanner 'Nmap' announced another update. Almost after five months we got this new version that is Nmap 6.25. This release of Nmap  contains hundreds of improvements, including 85 new NSE scripts, nearly 1,000 new OS and service detection fingerprints, performance enhancements such as the new kqueue and poll I/O engines, better IPv6 traceroute support, Windows 8 improvements, and much more!  It also includes the work of five Google Summer of Code interns who worked full time with Nmap mentors during the summer. 

Here are the most important change since 6.01:
  • Integrated all of your IPv4 OS fingerprint submissions since January (more than 3,000 of them).  Added 373 fingerprints, bringing the new total to 3,946.  Additions include Linux 3.6, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Mac OS X 10.8, and a ton of new WAPs, printers, routers, and other devices--including our first IP-enabled doorbell! Many existing fingerprints were improved.
  • Integrated all of your service/version detection fingerprints submitted since January (more than 1,500)!  Our signature count jumped by more than 400 to 8,645.  We now detect 897 protocols, from extremely popular ones like http, ssh, smtp and imap to the more obscure airdroid, gopher-proxy, and enemyterritory. 
  • Integrated your latest IPv6 OS submissions and corrections. We're still low on IPv6 fingerprints, so please scan any IPv6 systems you own or administer and submit them to http://nmap.org/submit/.  Both new fingerprints (if Nmap doesn't find a good match) and corrections (if Nmap guesses wrong) are useful.
  • Enabled support for IPv6 traceroute using UDP, SCTP, and IPProto(Next Header) probes. 
  • Scripts can now return a structured name-value table so that results are query-able from XML output. Scripts can return a string as before, or a table, or a table and a string. In this last case, the table will go to XML output and the string will go to screen output. See http://nmap.org/book/nse-api.html#nse-structured-output 
  • [Nsock] Added new poll and kqueue I/O engines for improved performance on Windows and BSD-based systems including Mac OS X. These are in addition to the epoll engine (used on Linux) and the classic select engine fallback for other system.  
  • [Ncat] Added support for Unix domain sockets. The new -U and --unixsock options activate this mode.  These provide compatibility with Hobbit's original Netcat. 
  • Moved some Windows dependencies, including OpenSSL, libsvn, and the vcredist files, into a new public Subversion directory /nmap-mswin32-aux and moved it out of the source tarball. This reduces the compressed tarball size from 22 MB to 8 MB and similarly reduces the bandwidth and storage required for an svn checkout.
  • [NSE] Replaced old RPC grinder (RPC enumeration, performed as part of version detection when a port seems to run a SunRPC service) with a faster and easier to maintain NSE-based implementation. This also allowed us to remove the crufty old pos_scan scan engine. 

For additional information and to know the full change log of this release click Here. To download Namp 6.25 (Source Code & Binary Packages) for Windows, Linux, Mac, Unix & few other OS click Here


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