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Re: [OT] Recreating nmap
From: William McVey <wam () cisco com>
Date: 25 Nov 2002 06:25:18 -0600

On Mon, 2002-11-25 at 11:12, Gary Stewart wrote:
Do you, as developers, think you would be able to recreate nmap or a
reduced version of it from memory?

Sure, it'd not be at all impossible to re-implement the functionality of
nmap. For that matter, a lot (most?) of the functionality of nmap
already exists in other tools (strobe, hping, udp_scanner, libsf, etc). 
In my opinion, nmap's true value comes from the integration of various
techniques distributed among a lot of other tools into one consistent
interface.  That being said, the OS fingerprint database is the result
of a LOT of contributions submitted over the course of years. 
Reimplementing that would take quite a bit of time, work, and access to
more resources than any one person probably has (legitimate) access to. 
But the hard part there is recreating the 'data' not the 'code'.

  -- William


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