Re: [Full-disclosure] Question on root credentials for scanning

Well it depends on the scanner, and by my guess you're likely using nmap and
so yes root privs are required mainly to access raw sockets so it can use
its nifty math to figure out all the cool bits.

Generally speaking such privs are required by anything that does anything
really useful.
On Sep 22, 2011 10:47 AM, "Shobana Narayanaswamy" <snaraya@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:


I am a newbie to security and scanning. Here is my question:

Do you generally need root credentials in order for the scan to produce
detailed results? When I run a scan without root credentials, it comes up
very little info. However, when I supply
root credentials, I get several useful reports. It appears that the
scanner detects the OS version and other s/w component versions only if it
is provided root access.


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