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nmap VS DHCP
From: Ajay Gupta2 <Ajay.Gupta2 () ey com>
Date: Wed, 24 May 2000 11:08:20 -0400

        
Hello All,

I recently came across successive nmap scans of a network yielding significantly different machines up (in terms of IP 
addresses).  The network has a Class C address and is using DHCP to assign the IPs to its various hosts, several of 
which did not have hostnames.

Nmap identified the IP addresses, hostnames, open ports and OS of machines that were up.  Since the network was using 
DHCP and not all machines had host names, there was little to tie the remaining data (IP address, open ports & OS) to 
the machines on the network, as the IP addresses (by which machines are generally identified) changed between the scans.

Therefore, these nmap scan results are less valuable for fingerprinting as the data is not tied directly to the 
machines.  Is it possible to having nmap identify MAC addresses which is less likely to change (I believe this was 
discussed some time ago on this list).  In the least, is it possible for nmap to inform whether or not the network is 
running DCHP?

Any thoughts?

Thanks,
 - Ajay Gupta
Ernst & Young
eRisk Solutions 
703-288-2270


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