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Nmap 4.11: False positive ping results
From: Vitaly McLain <VMcLain () crowechizek com>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 15:55:27 -0500


Just wanted to let you know that we got some interesting false positives
with Nmap during a ping sweep. We used the -sP option (and nothing else) to
ping sweep a client's Class C.

Here is what happened:

1. Nmap 4.03 and Nmap 4.11, under Windows XP SP1 and SP2, reported all 254
hosts as up.
2. Angry IP Scanner reports 2 hosts as being up, even after being made less
angry (slowed down).
3. Nmap 4.10 under Linux (kernel 2.4.25) says 22 hosts are up.

Number #3 (Nmap/Linux) is the only correct answer!

So we scanned yet another Class C the client owns. Nmap/Windows found all
254 to be up, yet again. Angry found 8 (for comparison.) Nmap/Linux found
13 -- once again, this was the right answer.

All boxes are in the DMZ of a PIX, on the same switch. I'd be happy to do
any tests you'd like, though I am not sure if can we give you the IPs to
test.

Vitaly McLain
Risk and Performance Services
Crowe Chizek and Company LLC
Direct  : (630) 575-4346
Mobile: (224) 558-5979


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