operating system fingerprinting

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operating system fingerprinting

Determining the type of operating system used by studying the types of packets flowing from a system. Passive OS fingerprinting only analyzes the packets. Active OS fingerprinting sends challenges to the OS and examines the type of responses. See nmap.
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Yarochkin, "Xprobe v2.0: a fuzzy approach to remote active operating system fingerprinting," Tech.
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