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Nmap 5.51 and SoC Opportunity
From: Fyodor <fyodor () insecure org>
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2011 14:34:48 -0700

Hi Folks!  I'm happy to report that the Nmap 5.50 release was a big
success, with nearly 300,000 downloads in the first two weeks.  That
much attention inevitably uncovers some bugs, so we released Nmap 5.51
in February to address them.  You can find the release notes at
(http://seclists.org/nmap-dev/2011/q1/518) and the downloads at

I also wanted to let you know about a serious potential competitive
threat to Nmap.  A leaked email shows that HBGary planned to "BLOW
THE BALLS OFF OF NMAP"!  Details: http://bit.ly/nmapballs

But the most important reason I'm emailing you today is that I need
your help finding talented college/grad students for Google's Summer
of Code program!  They will gain valuable experience writing code used
by millions of people and earn $5,000!  Previous SoC students helped
create the Nmap Scripting Engine, Ncat, and the Zenmap GUI.  Several
even became top developers!  Even though the program is a huge
opportunity to be paid for writing free software, getting the word out
to the right people is a huge challenge.  So if you know any
college/grad students (or are one) who are talented enough to blow our
balls off, please point them to http://nmap.org/soc!  Feel free to
post this to any lists or forums that talented students might read.
But hurry, because the application deadline is THIS FRIDAY at Noon
(U.S. Pacific Time)!

This mailing list is great for major Nmap releases and news roundups
like this, but I also recommend our Facebook and Twitter pages for
more real-time news:


We also have some great Nmap work in progress which I will tell you
about soon :).

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