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Re: Issues with privileged scan of LAN on Mac OS X
From: Jesper Kückelhahn <dev.kyckel () gmail com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:27:11 +0100

Hi Patrik,

Yes, the guest is running on the same host that is conducting the scan. I used Parallels for visualisation with bridged 
network setup.

- Jesper

On Jan 28, 2013, at 3:26 AM, Patrik Karlsson <patrik () cqure net> wrote:


Are you running the virtualized guests, that you're scanning, on the same host from which you are performing the scan?
I've had som issues with this in the past and I've been using VirtualBox mainly.
Haven't tried in a while now so I'm not sure what works and what doesn't.


On Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 4:30 PM, Jesper Kückelhahn <dev.kyckel () gmail com> wrote:

Thanks for the reply. I've looked in to it some more, and it seems to only be an issue with guest OS's running in a 
virtual environment. I've setup a physical machine on my network, and there are no issues scanning this, so I'm 
assuming the issue is with the virtualisation software I'm using.

- Jesper

On Jan 27, 2013, at 7:06 PM, David Fifield <david () bamsoftware com> wrote:

On Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 01:01:04PM +0100, Jesper Kückelhahn wrote:
I'm seeing some strange behaviour when running privileged scans
against hosts in my LAN. nmap marks the target as being down, but if I
run unprivileged, it works fine. This does not happen when scanning
external targets. I've checked out previous revisions (back to
r30000), to see if it might be a patch that broke something, but I
haven't found any differences. Could this issue be caused by a change
in OS X ? Unfortunately, I don't have access to previous versions (I'm
on 10.8.2), so I can't test if this is the case.

It looks like something to do with ARP host discovery. ARP host
discovery is only done when privileged, and only for targets on the same
subnet. A workaround that disables ARP host discovery is to use the
--send-ip option.

Try these commands too.
      netstat -rn
      nmap --route-dst
OS X has been known to change the routing table on the fly, so you
should check the routing table before and after a scan to see if it

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