Re: nmap results

From: Brian Smith-Sweeney (
Date: 09/12/05

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    To: Mohamed Abdel Kader <>

    Mohamed Abdel Kader wrote:
    > Hello All,
    > I have recently been doing some scans and in some cases nmap returns many
    > ports to be open. the weird thing is that the ports are sequential.
    > i know many of you might be tempted to say its a honeypot but i know for a
    > fact its not. does anyone know why does this happen and how?
    > Thanks in advance.

    Need more information. What type of nmap scan are you running (syn,
    connect, UDP, etc.)? What OS are you running it from? Can you give
    examples of some of the targets? What type of gear is between you and
    the targets? Have you run a sniffer on at least the source side of the
    scan, and preferably the destination side as well (assuming you have
    permission to be pen-testing these networks)? If not, do that. If so,
    what are the results? Does what your seeing match up with what nmap is

    The $10k question you need to be asking yourself is "what causes nmap to
    report a port as open for the type of scan I'm running?" Then you can
    try to figure out why that condition may be occurring in this situation.
      Answers to the questions above should help you figure that out.


    Brian Smith-Sweeney
    Sr. Network Security Analyst
    ITS Technology Security Services, New York University
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