Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Nmap 6 Cookbook is now available

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on the 2010 version of the Nmap Cookbook (now renamed Nmap 5 Cookbook). The new and improved Nmap 6 Cookbook is now available at Amazon.

I took some time off from publishing, but I'm back. I'm working on an update to my Unix/Linux command line book, and also a new guide about VMware. Writing has been fun, but it hasn't been easy. Most people seem to like my "fat-free" writing style, based on the positive reviews I received. The hard part has been facing the negative criticism from the folks who didn't like it. I've taken the feedback from those critics and made many improvements with the Nmap 6 Cookbook.

I never intended to get rich or famous by writing. Luckily, neither of those things has happened to date. I've given away more books then I've sold, but I did have a good run on Amazon for a brief period a few years ago, and the extra beer money was much appreciated. I also haven't been sued, threatened, or hacked yet, which is encouraging.

I've had three major publishers offer me deals to rework the Nmap Cookbook into a "real" book, but I turned them all down. It seemed like too much pressure and I didn't want to sacrifice my fat-free approach just for the chance to make some "real" money. I do this for fun, and I do it for me and people like me who just need a jump-start (and can figure out the rest on their own).

Nmap is such an awesome and useful tool, and Nmap 6 builds on that with Nping and Ncat. I hope that this new version of my book helps lots of people out there discover the joys of network scanning with Nmap.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy free Kindle e-book downloads this week and many more in the future.

Note: Amazon limits me to 5 free promo days per a quarter, but I try to do a free download day at least once a month.


  1. I love this book! The layout makes learning nmap (and other tools in the nmap suite) easy. I wish there was a link to an errata page (not that I've found very many, but may have found a couple). I also wish there was a way to comment by Section, so that the community could contribute what nmap options they find is must useful. This would allow people to describe useful scenarios as well. Since this book is written from an administrator's perspective, a blog by section would allow security practitioners to apply their spin on things as well.

    1. Thanks for the kind words. I wrote the books as a fun hobby, but I have neglected it. Your comments go a long way to helping me get motivated to put out an update for Nmap 7. I'm actually starting a new job that will allow me more time to spend on this project. I'll keep your comments in mind. Thanks again.