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Nmap 2.54BETA6 released
From: Fyodor <fyodor () insecure org>
Date: Sun, 8 Oct 2000 00:09:48 -0700 (PDT)


Hello everyone,

I am pleased to announce the release of Nmap 2.54BETA6.  The coolest new
feature is XML output (-oX).  Example output is at
http://amy.insecure.org/tmp/nmap.xml -- let me know what you think.  You
can send comments to me or nmap-dev () insecure org .  I hope this makes it
easier for people to create cool new programs and utilities that work with
Nmap.  For example, imagine a script/program that took Nmap XML output and
converted it to HTML (with nice tables, etc).  Or consider a script that
takes the XML output and uses it to populate a database.  As always,
projects involving Nmap can be announced to this list.

I am open to suggestions/patches for changes/additions to the XML
format.  But I'm going to be a lot more strict about changing the format
once a non-beta Nmap comes out with -oX.  So speak now or forever hold
your peace!  Oh, and if someone is interested in doing a DTD or XSchema,
let me know.  Apparently those are important, whatever they are :).  I
don't pretend to be an XML expert.

Anyway, here are the major changes:

-- Added XML output (-oX).  Hopefully this will help those of you
   writing Nmap front ends and other tools that utilize Nmap.  The
   "machine-readable" output has been renamed "grepable" (-oG) to
   emphasize that XML is now the preferred machine-readable output
   format.  But don't worry if your tool uses -oM , that format (and
   the deprecated -oM flag) won't go away any time soon (if ever).

-- Applied patch from Stefan Rapp <s.rapp () hrz uni-dortmund de> which fixes
   a variable argument integer promotion problem in the new snprintf 
   compatability file.  This is important for Redhat 7 systems.

-- Reorganized output-related routines so that they now reside in
   output.c & output.h.  Let me know if I accidently screwed up the
   behavior of any scan types in the process.

For those of you running Linux/x86 w/a recent version of rpm
(www.rpm.org), you can install/upgrade to the newest version of
nmap/nmapfe with these commands:

rpm -vhU (nmap url)
where (nmap url) is one (or both) of these:

http://www.insecure.org/nmap/dist/nmap-2.54BETA6-1.i386.rpm
http://www.insecure.org/nmap/dist/nmap-frontend-0.2.54BETA6-1.i386.rpm

source tarballs and source RPMs are available at:
http://www.insecure.org/nmap/#download

Let me know if you find any problems.

Cheers,
Fyodor




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