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Verifying Nmap scans

Posted: May 7, 2013 in general, security
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So the other day while talking with Slurpgeit the following issue came up:

During a scan nmap reported 1000 ports filtered for the host, but wireshark told us otherwise a RST was received for a few ports but with a delay of ~18 seconds

Hmm that’s interesting, so that means that if wireshark hadn’t been monitored during the scan, the closed ports would have been missed or even worse what if open ports had been missed? The RTT to the host however were within normal ranges, also a simple ping worked fine without any delay whatsoever. Which brings us to an ancient saying about hacking:

Never trust your tools completely, always verify your results! Then verify them again and finally check that they are correct.

Since this is (assumed) something that doesn’t occur that often, you most probably want to automate the verification step. Unless you love looking at scrolling packets in your wireshark window. We can do it actively (real time sniffing) or passively (pcap) after the scans are done. I choose to implement the latter, the passive and after-the-facts verification. Reason being that all you most probably want is to check if something has gone wrong, if not just continue hacking your target. So let’s setup a lab environment to reproduce this issue and then let’s write a script for it using scapy.

I chose to just create two virtual machines within the same subnet, one being the attacker and one being the victim. To delay the traffic on the victim side I used netem since I didn’t manage to do it with iptables. I delayed one port with the following lines I found on the interwebs:

sudo tc qdisc add dev eth0 root handle 1: prio
sudo tc qdisc add dev eth0 parent 1:1 handle 2: netem delay 5s
sudo tc filter add dev eth0 parent 1: protocol ip prio 1 u32 match ip sport 22 0xffff flowid 1:1

This will effectively delay all outgoing packets from port 22 with 5 seconds, which is more then enough to make nmap think it’s a filtered port. Fun fact: while playing with netem, if you apply the delay to all packets then nmap won’t even begin to scan the host, since according to it’s arp scan the host is down. Let’s fire up nmap and take a look at the output:
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