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Re: Question on root credentials for scanning
From: Nikhil Wagholikar <visitnikhil () gmail com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011 00:38:50 +0400

Hi Shobana,

To have access to all possible scanning/scanner options, scanner
should always be run by a privileged user. A system's privileged user
can create custom Ethernet packets that can bypass the checks that are
normally done by the operating system. With these custom "raw"
packets, scanners can build packet header combinations that can induce
unique responses from the remote stations. These responses then
provide scanners with much more information than would be normally
available to a non-privileged user.

HTH.

Regards,

---
Nikhil W.

On 22 September 2011 19:59, Shobana Narayanaswamy <snaraya () opnet com> wrote:

Hi:

I am a newbie to security and scanning. Here is my question:

Do you generally need root credentials in order for the scan to produce detailed results? When I run a scan without 
root credentials, it comes up very little info. However, when I supply
root credentials, I get several useful reports. It appears that the scanner detects the OS version and other s/w 
component versions only if it is provided root access.

Thanks


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