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Developer(s)Salvatore Sanfilippo (Antirez)
Stable release
hping3-20051105 / November 5, 2005
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeComputer security
LicenseGNU General Public License v2

hping is a free packet generator and analyzer for the TCP/IP protocol distributed by Salvatore Sanfilippo (also known as Antirez). It is a one type of a tester for network security. It is one of the de facto tools for security auditing and testing of firewalls and networks, and was used to exploit the idle scan scanning technique (also invented by the hping author), and now implemented in the Nmap Security Scanner. The new version of hping, hping3, is scriptable using the Tcl language and implements an engine for string based, human readable description of TCP/IP packets, so that the programmer can write scripts related to low level TCP/IP packet manipulation and analysis in very short time.

Like most tools used in computer security, hping is useful to both system administrators and hackers.

See also[edit]

  • Nmap Security Scanner: Nmap and hping are often considered complementary to one another.
  • Mausezahn: Another fast and versatile packet generator that also supports Ethernet header manipulation.
  • Packet Sender: A packet generator with a focus on ease of use.

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