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nmap -P0 reboots Windows XP
From: Kris Katterjohn <kjak () ispwest com>
Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2006 16:53:38 -0600

I've been using nmap on Linux for several years, but I just tried nmap for the
first time on Windows today. I installed WinPcap 3.1 and nmap 4.01

[I typed this story about the things I tried and the options used, etc., but
it got way too long so I'm just giving you the short version]

After quite a bit of testing, I figured out that SOMETIMES when I hit ^C while
using the options -sS (I don't type it but it's the default) and -P0, Windows
will reboot. I've tried it a lot with different scan types etc., but it hasn't
happened yet when it wasn't -sS AND -P0. Using -sS without -P0 hasn't resulted
in a reboot, and neither has -sX, -sA, etc. with or without -P0.

It happens at different times, but most of the time it happens after the
actual SYN scan starts (judging with -d).

I'd say it reboots about 50% of the time after hitting ^C within 5 seconds of
nmap starting with those options.

I'll answer any questions and try any suggestions you may have. It's Windows
XP Home with Service Pack 2.

Has anyone else experienced this?

Kris Katterjohn

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