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Post Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:55 pm

hping

This handy tool commonly known as ping on steroids is very useful for both the pen tester and the network admin. Currently available version is hping2, but hping3 is currently under development. Here are the details from their web site:

hping is a command-line oriented TCP/IP packet assembler/analyzer. The interface is inspired to the ping( 8 ) unix command, but hping isn't only able to send ICMP echo requests. It supports TCP, UDP, ICMP and RAW-IP protocols, has a traceroute mode, the ability to send files between a covered channel, and many other features.

While hping was mainly used as a security tool in the past, it can be used in many ways by people that don't care about security to test networks and hosts. A subset of the stuff you can do using hping:

  • Firewall testing
  • Advanced port scanning
  • Network testing, using different protocols, TOS, fragmentation
  • Manual path MTU discovery
  • Advanced traceroute, under all the supported protocols
  • Remote OS fingerprinting
  • Remote uptime guessing
  • TCP/IP stacks auditing
  • hping can also be useful to students that are learning TCP/IP

Hping should work without problems on the following unix-like systems:
Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, MacOs X


For more info:
http://www.hping.org/

Don
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LSOChris

Post Sun Jul 30, 2006 10:10 pm

Re: hping

ahh good ol hping2 and hping3

the TCL language with hping 3 makes it a powerful tool, but i dont find the ease of use with hping3 that hping2 had.  plus a complete lack of documenation doesnt help either.

luckily with hping3 you can use all the old hping2 command so its still all good.  there are other packet crafting tools that are arguably better out there like scapy.
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Post Sun Jul 30, 2006 10:17 pm

Re: hping

I understand your desire for documentation, but let's give the guys a little break. hping3 is still in alpha phase. :)

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LSOChris

Post Sun Jul 30, 2006 10:42 pm

Re: hping

its been in alpha phase for over a year...

but hey its a better tool than i have written so no griping :-)

another option is to write your own documentation, which i started on...but i'll leave that for another post :-)
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Post Sun Jul 30, 2006 10:55 pm

Re: hping

True. Timing on releases in the open source world is never a science. But at least you get 'more' than you pay for.

For those following this post, here's a link to the Scapy topic in this forum:
http://www.ethicalhacker.net/component/ ... pic,535.0/

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