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What do you mean by fingerprinting in ethical hacking?

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Fingerprinting is a technique used for determining which operating system is running on a remote computer.

  1. Active fingerprinting: In this, we send the specially crafted packets to the target machine, and based on its response and gathered data, we determine the target OS.
  2. Passive fingerprinting: In this, based on the sniffer traces of the packets, we can find out the OS of the remote host.

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