Nmap ("Network Mapper") is a utility for network exploration or security auditing. It was designed to rapidly scan large networks, although it works fine against single hosts. Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (ports) they are offering, what operating system (and OS version) they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics.
released on 20 March 2018
15 September 2003
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This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 16 April 2018.