Nmap, version 6.0 of the open source network scanner has been released. Nmap is a well-liked utility for scanning & mapping network ranges to extract knowledge about the systems attached to the network & the network’s topology. In version 6.0, the developers have added full IPv6 support while enhancing Nmap’s scripting engine, web scanning, mapping GUI & scanning performance, while also introducing a new gizmo called Nping.
Nmap has had basic IPv6 support since 2002, but with the IPv4 address exhaustion, the Nmap developers spent some months ensuring that Nmap had full IPv6 support, complete with a new IPv6 OS detection system, host discovery and raw packet port scanning.
Nmap 6.0 also includes a new command-line interface tool for network packet generation, response analysis and response time measurement called “Nping” that can generate network packets. Nping is a multipurpose tool; it can be used as a simple ping utility to detect active hosts or as a raw packet generator for network stack stress testing, ARP poisoning, Denial of Service attacks or route tracing.
All users are advised to upgrade. Detailed information about the new version, including a full list of new features and screenshots, can be found in the release notes. Further information is available in the change log and the documentation. Nmap 6.0 is available to download as source code or executable packages for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and several UNIX platforms and is licensed under a clarified GPLv2.