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Lua 5.2: "error in __gc metamethod (bad argument #1 to '?' (dnet expected, got userdata))"
From: David Fifield <david () bamsoftware com>
Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 13:57:51 -0700

I'm getting a reproducible error:

./nmap --script broadcast-ping -d

Starting Nmap 6.01 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2012-05-28 13:50 PDT
PORTS: Using top 1000 ports found open (TCP:1000, UDP:0, SCTP:0)
--------------- Timing report ---------------
  hostgroups: min 1, max 100000
  rtt-timeouts: init 1000, min 100, max 10000
  max-scan-delay: TCP 1000, UDP 1000, SCTP 1000
  parallelism: min 0, max 0
  max-retries: 10, host-timeout: 0
  min-rate: 0, max-rate: 0
NSE: Loaded 1 scripts for scanning.
NSE: Script Pre-scanning.
NSE: Starting runlevel 1 (of 1) scan.
NSE: Starting broadcast-ping.
Initiating NSE at 13:50
NSE: Finished broadcast-ping.
NSE: Finished broadcast-ping.
Completed NSE at 13:50, 3.12s elapsed
NSE: Script Engine Scan Aborted.
An error was thrown by the engine: error in __gc metamethod (bad argument #1 to '?' (dnet expected, got userdata))
Pre-scan script results:
| broadcast-ping:
|   IP:    MAC: 3c:07:54:09:f1:de
|   IP:  MAC: 00:16:cb:ae:d4:ac
|_  Use --script-args=newtargets to add the results as targets
NSE: Script Post-scanning.
NSE: Starting runlevel 1 (of 1) scan.
Read from /home/david/nmap-git: nmap-services.
WARNING: No targets were specified, so 0 hosts scanned.
Nmap done: 0 IP addresses (0 hosts up) scanned in 3.17 seconds
           Raw packets sent: 0 (0B) | Rcvd: 0 (0B)

This is happening since the Lua 5.2 change. Reverting back to r28685
makes it go away.

I originally saw this with --script=safe; a similar error during the
normal scan phase prevented script scanning from completing there too. I
isolated it to broadcast-ping with a binary search. But it also happens
for other scripts.

Once, I saw this slightly different error:
nse_restore: WAITING_TO_RUNNING error!
error in __gc metamethod (bad argument #1 to '?' (dnet expected, got userdata))

David Fifield
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