Book of the Month: NMAP COOKBOOK

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“NMAP COOKBOOK – The fat-free guide to network scanning” is the latest book on the world’s best network scanning tool, NMAP.  It is the most popular tool with pathora of options which works on wide range of platforms including Windows & Linux.

NMAP is the most popular tool out there with so many options to fine tune the network scanning based on one’s needs.  Often new comer and even experienced professionals find it difficult to use full features of NMAP when it comes to field work.  In this direction, ‘NMAP Cookbook’ does a great job in conveying rich features of this great tool with its simplified and concise illustration.



In a nutshell, following topics have been covered,

  • Installation on Windows, Mac OS X, Unix/Linux platforms
  • Basic and advanced scanning techniques
  • Network inventory and security auditing
  • Firewall evasion techniques
  • Zenmap – A graphical front-end for Nmap
  • NSE – The Nmap Scripting Engine
  • Ndiff – A Nmap scan comparison utility

In addition to explaining basic scanning techniques, it goes on describing other related stuffs such as firewall evasion methods,  scripting engine of NMAP,  using graphical version of NMAP tool etc.  These things together make it great reference book for any security professional.

The book is written based on latest version of the tool, NMAP 5.0.  All the scanning options are shown along with visual illustrations which helps in quick grasping of practical examples.

Overall,  it stands out from other NMAP based books due to its simplistic and concise explanation which makes it very fast and easy to master the intrinsic technicalities of NMAP.

eBook Link: Link is removed on Author’s request.  Please read the comments below for more information.


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  1. Dale's Gravatar Dale
    May 10, 2010    

    Just purchased the nmap cookbook based on your review.
    Thanks for the heads up.

  2. icebreaker101010's Gravatar icebreaker101010
    July 8, 2010    

    Hi there.Here is the link for downloading the book:

  3. July 8, 2010    

    Thanks IceBreaker for the link.
    Blog post is updated now.

  4. Ts's Gravatar Ts
    August 16, 2010    

    Hi! Can somebody upload nmap cookbook, the link is dead!

  5. August 16, 2010    

    New ebook link has been updated now.

    Thanks for reporting the dead link

  6. Ts's Gravatar Ts
    August 16, 2010    

    Wow, great book, really easy! Thanks!

  7. lennard's Gravatar lennard
    September 5, 2010    

    hi, the above links are dead, i wish to have walk through this book. Thank you for sharing.

  8. September 6, 2010    

    Thanks Lennard for reporting the dead links, New links are updated now. I am still looking for active link for ‘Wireshark’ book. I will update it as I find better one.

  9. Douglas's Gravatar Douglas
    October 3, 2010    

    Hi mate,
    The link is again dead. Can you please update?
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. October 3, 2010    

    Thanks for letting me know. Links are updated now.

  11. Nick's Gravatar Nick
    October 4, 2010    

    I kindly ask that you please stop posting the link to my book on your site. I have worked very hard on this book and you are stealing from me. Thank you.

  12. October 4, 2010    

    Hey Nick,

    I deeply regret any losses caused due to this.

    But that’s not my intention of putting up the ebook links here. I do it so that people who cannot afford to buy the book can get access to the knowledge that you are sharing through it. Also this way it can reach the remote corner of the world where the book cannot travel. Instead of thousands, millions will be reading your book and getting benefit from it. You will not get money directly but enough blessings to live the rest of your life
    ….and money will flow through other channels.

    In the end there is no loss here, In fact there is a much bigger gain because ‘What goes around, comes back Around’ !

    If you still think otherwise let me know, I will take it off !

  13. Nick's Gravatar Nick
    October 4, 2010    

    I currently have a book that I give away for free online. “Introduction to the Command Line” can be downloaded for no charge at The Nmap Book is one that I would like to not have available for free at this time. If you want to learn Nmap for free you can read my Introduction to Nmap online for no cost at Additionally, much of Fyodor’s book is available online for free at The Nmap man page is also a wonderful resource for free information on this handy program.

    The problem with sharing my book for the poor is that many others who would normally pay for it have free access to it as well. Since my book leaked online in PDF format I have seen a sharp decrease in sales which hampers my dreams of making a living as a full time writer.

    As you can see from my Free Linux book above, I appreciate and try to give back to the open source community. I also regularly donate to my favorite open source projects. I would really appreciate it if you would not make this book available for free download. Thank you.

  14. October 4, 2010    

    Thanks Nick. I understand from your perspective.

    The ebook link will no longer be seen here.

  15. cirkit's Gravatar cirkit
    November 1, 2010    

    good book required

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