Nmap Operating System Survey

For fun, I decided to test out the new remote OS detection capabilities of nmap to find out what OS was running on popular Internet security and educational sites, as well as a few sites of general interest. Later I decided to compare the nmap results with those from queso, another OS Fingerprinter. I have also added my own obnoxious comments :).

Target HostNmap saysQueso says Comments
Hacker sites
www.l0pht.comOpenBSD 2.2 - 2.4FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD
insecure.orgLinux 2.0.31-34Linux 1.3.xx, 2.0.0 to 2.0.34
www.rhino9.ml.orgWindows 95/NTWindoze 95/98/NTNo comment :)
www.technotronic.comLinux 2.0.31-34Linux 1.3.xx, 2.0.0 to 2.0.34
www.2600.comFreeBSD 2.2.6 - 3.0 BetaFreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD
www.kevinmitnick.comLinux 2.0.31-34Linux 1.3.xx, 2.0.0 to 2.0.34Free Kevin!
www.antionline.comFreeBSD 2.2.6 - 3.0 BetaFreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD
www.rootshell.comLinux 2.0.35Linux 2.0.35 to 2.0.9999
Security vendors, consultants, etc.
www.repsec.comLinux 2.0.35Linux 2.0.35 to 2.0.9999 :)
www.iss.netLinux 2.0.31-34Linux 1.3.xx, 2.0.0 to 2.0.34
www.checkpoint.comSolaris 2.5 - 2.51Solaris 2.x
www.infowar.comWin95/NTWindoze 95/98/NT
Vendor loyalty to their OS
www.li.orgLinux 2.0.35Linux 2.0.35 to 2.0.9999 :)Linux International
www.redhat.comLinux 2.0.31-34Linux 1.3.xx, 2.0.0 to 2.0.34I wonder what distribution :)
www.debian.orgLinux 2.0.35Linux 2.0.35 to 2.0.9999 :)
www.linux.orgLinux 2.1.122Reliant Unix from Siemens-Nixdorf
www.sgi.comIRIX 6.2 - 6.4IRIX 6.x
www.netbsd.orgNetBSD 1.3XNetBSD 1.3.x
www.openbsd.orgSolaris 2.6Solaris 2.xAhem :)
www.freebsd.orgFreeBSD 2.2.6-3.0 BetaFreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD
Ivy League
www.harvard.eduSolaris 2.6Solaris 2.x
www.yale.eduSolaris 2.5 - 2.51Standard: Solaris 2.x, Linux 2.1.???, MacOS
www.caltech.comSunOS 4.1.2-4.1.4Berkeley: usually SunOS 4.x, NexT, AnnexHello! This is the 90's :). Actually this might be some sort of custom machine runing a stock Berkeley stack.
www.mit.eduSolaris 2.5 - 2.51Solaris 2.XCoincidence that the good schools all seem to like Sun? Perhaps it is the 40% .edu discount :)
Lamer sites
www.aol.comIRIX 6.2 - 6.4IRIX 6.xNo wonder they are so insecure :)
www.happyhacker.orgOpenBSD 2.2-2.4FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSDSick of being owned, Carolyn? Even the most secure OS is useless in the hands of an incompetent admin.
www.lwn.netLinux 2.0.31-34Linux 1.3.xx, 2.0.0 to 2.0.34This Linux news site rocks!
www.whitehouse.govIRIX 5.3Berkeley: IRIX 5.x