Zocalo writes: In a post to the Nmap Hackers list Nmap author, Fyodor, accuses C|Net / download.com of wrapping a trojan installer (as detected by various AV applications when submitted to VirusTotal) around software including Nmap and VLC Media Player. The C|Net installer bundles a toolbar, changes browser settings and, potentially, performs other shenanigans — all under the logo of the application the user thought they might have been downloading. Apparently, this isn't the first time they have done this, either.
Fyodor's on the lookout for a good copyright lawyer, if anyone has one to spare.
buanzo writes: "After nearly two years of work since the 4.00 release, Insecure.Org is pleased to announce the immediate, free availability of the Nmap Security Scanner version 4.50 from http://insecure.org/nmap/ . Nmap was first released in 1997, so this release celebrates our 10th anniversary!
Major new features since 4.00 include the Zenmap cross-platform GUI, 2nd Generation OS Detection, the Nmap Scripting Engine, a rewritten host discovery system, performance optimization, advanced traceroute functionality, TCP and IP options support, and nearly 1,500 new version detection signatures. Dozens of other important changes — and future plans for Nmap — are listed in the release announcement. We recommend that all current Nmap users upgrade."
JTD121 writes: This is the 10th anniversary of Nmaps' release, and the release of 4.50 after quite some development.
"This is the first stable release since 4.20 (more than a year ago), and the first major release since 4.00 almost two years ago. Dozens of development releases led up to this. Major new features since 4.00 include the Zenmap cross-platform GUI, 2nd Generation OS Detection, the Nmap Scripting Engine, a rewritten host discovery system, performance optimization, advanced traceroute functionality, TCP and IP options support, and and nearly 1,500 new version detection signatures. More than 300 other improvements were made as well."
Devil's BSD writes: "Some of you probably remember a few years ago when Nmap was used in Matrix Revolutions to take down a power grid. Now, Nmap has hit the big screen again, this time in the Bourne Ultimatum. Although it probably flashed by too fast for most of us in the theater, it's clearly visible in the DVD releases. Video stills at http://insecure.org! Also, bash is clearly visible as the shell of choice here. Were they trying to make a subtle connection to the Bourne-Again Shell?"