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Re: nmap and icmp-replies
From: Tobias Glemser <tglemser () tele-consulting com>
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 09:44:00 +0200

Meier,

ICMP Dest-Unreachable should occur when scanning UDP. Since UDP is stateless, it's the only way a stack can "tell" a port is closed/filtered. Even if you send a packet to an open UDP Port, depending on the protocol your scanner has to send a valid payload to get an answer. If your target sends ICMP Dest-Unrecheachables, you should feel lucky. If an UDP Port is open your scanner will recognize this, because it doesn't matter which payload it sends: If there is no service, it will receive the Dest-Unreachable Packet, if there is any service, it won't. Conclusion: This port is open.

So don't filter these messages, they make your scan results much more reliable.

To answer your question: There is no way to tell nmap to ignore ICMP Answers. A iptabled gateway between your system and the target will help reaching your questionable goal.

Cheers,

Toby

Meier Zwei wrote on 19.04.2006 14:26:
Hi list,

while scanning somes hosts I figured out that a scanned packet filter sending back icmp destination-unreachable rather slow forces nmap to slow down scanning. A packet filter just dropping the scan probes has no effect on nmap, so does a host without any packet filter, just sending RST. My problem is: filtering out the icmp answers with iptables doesn't work, as nmap seems to hook into the kernel before iptable does. Is there any to tell nmap to ignore icmp replies and just to determine a port status via TCP/UDP?

Thanks in advance

Meier

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