December 31st, 2001, 12:17 PM
Does nmap have to be run as root??
Can I run nmap from a normal user account, and does it lose functionality if not run as root?
December 31st, 2001, 12:27 PM
You can run nmap from a normal user account, but it does lose functionality if not run as root.
For a normal portscan it'll due with a normal user account but if you want to do a scan with full functionality then I'll recomend you to be login as root. Or create and give a "scan-user" enough rights to do a full scan.
I can't help you with the rights though. But I have used sudo to run nmap as root and it did work for me.
December 31st, 2001, 12:40 PM
Some basic stuff can be done as `joe user', but all of the nifty stuff requires root privi's.
This is of course a politicaly correct feature found on many Unix security tools.
Doing an 'su' before the scan ought to be good enough.
I suppose it could be hacked on to change permissions levels before compiling, if you wanted to do that.
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December 31st, 2001, 12:41 PM
OK, thanks. I'll just run it as root then.