The new version of Nmap 7.80 released in Defcon, Vegas by Gordon Fyodor, network security and created of Nmap.
What is Nmap?
Nmap is a free and open-source network scanner, Port Scanner, & Network Exploration Tool that support in all the cross platforms including Linux, Windows, UNIX, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, IRIX, Mac OS X, HP-UX, NetBSD, Sun OS, Amiga, and more.
“Nmap supports Vanilla TCP connect() scanning, TCP SYN (half open) scanning, TCP FIN, Xmas, or NULL (stealth) scanning, TCP ftp proxy (bounce attack) scanning, SYN/FIN scanning using IP fragments (bypasses some packet filters), TCP ACK and Window scanning, UDP raw ICMP port unreachable scanning, ICMP scanning (ping-sweep), TCP Ping scanning, Direct (non portmapper) RPC scanning, Remote OS Identification by TCP/IP Fingerprinting, and Reverse-ident scanning.”
It has been a year since Nmap received the last update (Nmap 7.70) and the main reason for the delay is to spending more time with the improvement of Npcap Windows packet capturing driver.
Npcap is based on the discontinued WinPcap library, but it has significantly improved speed, portability, security, and efficiency. Npcap works on Windows 7 and later windows version.
New Nmap 7.80 release not only benefiting for windows but its support for cross-platform with a bunch of new libraries, performance improvement.
Nmap 7.80 Improvements in Npcap
New changes in Npcap Windows packet capturing library is more faster and stable than other previous releases.
“Nmap 7.80 updates the bundled Npcap from version 0.99-r2 to 0.9982, including all of these changes from the last 15 Npcap releases.”
NSE (Nmap Search Engine)
In NSE() improvements, new Nmap 7.80 added 11 NSE scripts, from 8 authors, bringing the total up to 598.
Nmap 7.80 source code and binary packages for Linux, Windows, and Mac are available for free download here.
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