Friday, January 28, 2011
Nmap v.5.50 Released
A primary focus of this release is the Nmap Scripting Engine, which has allowed Nmap to expand up the protocol stack and take network discovery to the next level. Nmap can now query all sorts of application protocols, including web servers, databases, DNS servers,FTP, and now even Gopher servers! Remember those? These capabilities are in self-contained libraries and scripts to avoid bloating Nmap's core engine.
The actual NSE engine became more powerful as well. Newtargets support allows scripts like dns-zone-xfer and dns-service-discovery to add discovered hosts to Nmap's scan queue. We also added a brute forcing engine, network broadcast script support, and two new script scanning phases known as prerule and postrule.
This release isn't just about NSE. We also added the Nping packet probing and analysis tool (http://nmap.org/nping/) in 5.35DC1.Version 5.50 improves Nping further with an innovative new echo mode (http://bit.ly/nping-echo).