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Re: Zenmap Crashing and CPU Utilisation hangs at 50%
From: ray.middleton () gmail com
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:12:13 +0000

Hi Rob,

I've tried leaving it for hours to catch up, the longest being over night for around 15 hours, it never catches up.

Ray
------Original Message------
From: Rob Nicholls
To: Ray Middleton
To: nmap-dev () insecure org
Subject: Re: Zenmap Crashing and CPU Utilisation hangs at 50%
Sent: 18 Jan 2011 12:07 PM

 On Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:31:13 -0800, David Fifield wrote:
I don't have a good workaround to suggest other than running the 
command
in a terminal. (You can copy and paste the command line from Zenmap, 
add
a -oX option to save the output, and then open the XML file in Zenmap
later.) Another thing you might try is changing this setting to False 
in
zenmap.conf:

[output_highlight]
enable_highlight = True

I don't know how much the highlighting contributes to the 
inefficiency,
but it might be enough to allow your scan to finish.

 It makes an incredibly huge difference to a quick test scan I performed 
 with --packet-trace against a single host (default ports). It managed to 
 display around 100 lines (rough estimate) before Zenmap stopped 
 responding (I gave up after a few minutes and killed the process, I 
 don't know whether waiting for hours would allow it to catch up and get 
 back to normal). Repeating the scan with enable_highlight set to False 
 allowed the default scan to complete without any issues. I've just 
 finished it with --packet-trace against -p- and Zenmap just about coped 
 okay (the output viewer's scrollbar went mad and the application got 
 very sluggish towards the end), even though there were a staggering 
 132178 lines by the end.

 The issue is most apparent with a fast/noisy scan (the quick test scan 
 with -T4 caused Zenmap to play up, but with -T2 it seemed to cope 
 better, althought it eventually stopped responding about 25% of the way 
 through the scan). I don't know whether the issue is purely down to the 
 highlighting taking too long or if the delay causes something more 
 important to go wrong.

 I know the highlighting is pretty, but should we consider disabling it 
 by default if it's too easy to make Zenmap stop responding?

 Rob


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