Unlocking the Secrets of Network Security: Advanced Nmap Commands for Effective Penetration Testing.
Here are some advanced
Nmap commands and examples showcasing how they can be utilized in proficient penetration testing:
Disclaimer: Some of these commands are extremely powerful that all indicate Firewalls and in tha case your public network or Private Network IP can be Backlist
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nmap -p- <target_IP>
This command performs a scan on all TCP ports, providing a comprehensive assessment of open ports on the target IP.
2. OS and Service Fingerprinting:
nmap -A <target_IP>
nmap -p- <target_IP>
This command enables OS detection, service/version detection, script scanning, and traceroute, allowing for intelligent identification of the target system.
3. Script Scanning:
nmap — script <script_name> <target_IP>
This command executes a specific NSE script against the target IP, allowing for targeted vulnerability detection or specific tasks. Example: `nmap — script smb-vuln-cve2017–7494 <target_IP>`.
4. Exploiting Vulnerabilities:
nmap — script <exploit_script> — script-args <args> <target_IP>
This command runs an NSE script designed to exploit a known vulnerability on the target system. Example:
nmap — script ftp-vsftpd-backdoor — script-args “passive=on” <target_IP>
5. Output and Reporting:
nmap -oX <output_file.xml> <target_IP>
This command saves the scan results in XML format for further analysis or generating reports. Example: `nmap -oX scan_results.xml <target_IP>`.
6. Firewall Evasion Techniques:
nmap -f -D <decoy_IPs> <target_IP>
This command employs fragmentation and decoy IP addresses to evade detection by firewalls and intrusion detection systems. Example:
nmap -f -D RND:10 <target_IP>
7. Network Topology Discovery:
nmap -sn <network_IP_range>
This command performs a ping scan to discover live hosts within a specific IP range, aiding in network reconnaissance. Example:
nmap -sn 192.168.1.0/24
UDP Port Scanning:
nmap -sU -p <port_range> <target_IP>
This command performs a UDP port scan on specific ports, identifying open UDP services on the target IP. Example: `
nmap -sU -p 53,161 <target_IP>
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