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Re: [NSE] Draft - targets-sniffer.nse
From: Toni Ruottu <toni.ruottu () iki fi>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2011 21:17:39 +0200

This thing is cool!

It fails unless you are root, for understandable reasons. Do we have
some kind of policy for scripts that require root? I think there
should be a way for scripts to report this to nmap, and nmap should
probably abort the scan if the user is has request root features while
being nonroot. I am not sure, if this is possible at the moment. I am
not sure I understand the big picture.

It would be useful for the final version to take a filter argument
that is used to filter out noise. Maybe we want to scan all service
that one host is accessing, or maybe we want to scan all hosts that
are accessing some service. I think there are some standard languages
for defining such packet filtering. We should probably implement them
in a library rather than each script specifically. What filtering
languages do we want to use? Do we already have support for one of
them?

On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 8:44 PM, Nick Nikolaou
<nikolasnikolaou1 () gmail com> wrote:
Hello everyone,

Attached is a draft of a targets-sniffer script. The script sniffs for a
configured amount of a time and adds addresses from packets it sees in
newtargets. (https://secwiki.org/w/Nmap_Script_Ideas#targets-sniffer)

The script still needs work but I was hoping to get some feedback from the
list.

Example usage:
nmap -sL --script targets-sniffer.nse --script-args=newtargets

This will perform a list scan on the IP addresses it sniffs, ignoring
duplicates and broadcasts. (You can use -d to see the IP addresses as they
are sniffed)


*Issues that need to be resolved:*

1) The sniffing interface is hard-coded at the moment. Is there a way to get
the active interface in a prerule script? Alternatively I could change the
rule to a hostrule. (and maybe a high enough runlevel to ensure the script
runs first?)

2) The pcap socket doesn't time out.  The only way I got it to timeout was
to set the timeout value to <=1s. Even then if it sniffed a packet it
wouldn't timeout. I ended up using a temporary nmap.clock() based solution
in order to test the script.

3) I'm not really happy with the way the script extracts the IP addresses
from the packets at the moment.

4) Any other issues you find.

Thanks for any feedback.
Nick

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