strobe is a network/security tool that locates and describes all listening tcp ports on a (remote) host or on many hosts in a bandwidth utilisation maximising, and process resource minimizing manner. strobe approximates a parallel finite state machine internally. In non-linear multi-host mode it attempts to apportion bandwidth and sockets amoung the hosts very efficiently. This can reap appreciable gains in speed for multiple distinct hosts/routes. On a machine with a reasonable number of sockets, strobe is fast enough to port scan entire Internet sub domains. It is even possible to survey an entire small country in a reasonable time from a fast machine on the network backbone, provided the machine in question uses dynamic socket allocation or has had its static socket allocation increased very appreciably (check your kernel options). In this very limited application strobe is said to be faster than ISS2.1 (a high quality commercial security scanner by [email protected] and friends) or PingWare (also commercial). (from rpm description)
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