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Safely killing nmap
From: Richard van den Berg <richard.vandenberg () ins com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 08:48:21 +0000

I was running nmap 3.95 with

nmap -sS -sU -sV -p- -O -p- -oA -vv -T4 outfile

where is our local subnet. It went through the TCP stuff quite 
fast, but the UDP took a long time. So far so good, but the version 
scanning on the UDP ports again was about to take forever. So I decided 
to kill it. I was surprised to see that after completing the full TCP 
and UDP scans, no results were writen to the output files. It seems that 
sigdie() which handles the killing of the process flushes and closes the 
output, but does not actually write any results still left in memory. I 
can understand that no intermediate results were written (because the 
grepable and xml format need to know all information before making the 
report), but it would have been nice to not have the scan be wasted just 
because I decided to stop it early.

Is there any way I could have made nmap save the report before/while 
killing it?


Richard van den Berg

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