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The (eventual) unification of Nmap and Zenmap XML output
From: David Fifield <david () bamsoftware com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 17:15:42 -0600

Hello,

Nmap can produce output in XML. When you save scan results in Zenmap,
they are saved in a format called USR. You may not know that USR is
almost the same as Nmap XML, with less output supported and a little bit
of extra information describing the profile and the Nmap text output.

I want to make the two formats the same, so that there is no difference
between the XML produced by Nmap and the XML produced by Zenmap. The
existing Nmap XML processors should be able to work on both. Toward that
end, I wrote this detailed comparison of the two formats:

http://www.bamsoftware.com/wiki/Nmap/ComparingNmapAndZenmapXML

It has a side-by-side annotated comparison of the two formats, followed
by analysis and recommendations for unifying them. Please give it a read
if you're interested, especially the recommendations at the end, because
that's what I'm least sure about.

David Fifield

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