Information Security

Backtrack 4: Information Gathering: Route: Lanmap – Passively map a network

Lanmap is one of those tools I never really used until now. Its actually very cool. Lanmap sits quietly on a network and builds a picture of what it sees and outputs it in svg,png or gif format. I let it run on a test network far a hour or so and was impressed with the output. The only drawback is that it doesn’t “see” through switches so it can only do the private subnet the computer is physically on.

Technology Insights

Cacti Graph Templates Explained: RRDTool Graphing Solution

**Please Note This Article Is Paginated at the bottom and includes 4 pages**

How do I create Cacti Graph Templates? How do I display multiple data sources on one Cacti graph? What do all the Cacti options mean? What is a CDEF? I created a Cacti Graph but all of my data sources are displaying NAN, how do I troubleshoot that?

Cacti is a powerful RRDTool based graphing system typically used for graphing hardware and software data for historical reference. When I initially configured a Cacti Graph Template I found some of the options confusing but as you will see below they all make sense and typically the name explains each items function in a fairly easy way. Please post a comment if you have any further questions that are not answered or if I have made any answers feel free to use the contact form and point them out to me as I am trying to learn the best way to use Cacti just like everyone else. I repeat the same terms many times in this document simply for the fact to try and explain in detail what things mean. I did not want to start switching names with acronyms and vice verse to add confusion and to try and make this a very easy document to understand.