"A complaint against Nmap it that is has often been blamed for
crashing systems. Chapter 1 shows that the reality is that Nmap
will rarely be the primary cause of a system crash. The truth is
that many of the systems that crashed as a result of an Nmap scan
were likely unstable from the outset, and Nmap either pushed them
over the top or they coincidentally crashed at the same time as the
"An ironic incident detailed in chapter 3 is when someone from
the information security department of Target Corp. complained to
the author that he felt the Nmap documentation was particularly
directed at his organization; given the use of the term target. He
requested that the Nmap documentation be changed from targetto
example. The section on target enumeration in the book shows the
author did not take that request to heart."
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