The ARP scanner.
arp-scan is a command-line tool for system discovery and fingerprinting. It constructs and sends ARP requests to the specified IP addresses, and displays any responses that are received.
arp-scan allows you to:
- Send ARP packets to any number of destination hosts, using a configurable output bandwidth or packet rate.
This is useful for system discovery, where you may need to scan large address spaces.
- Construct the outgoing ARP packet in a flexible way.
arp-scan gives control of all of the fields in the ARP packet and the fields in the Ethernet frame header.
- Decode and display any returned packets.
arp-scan will decode and display any received ARP packets and lookup the vendor using the MAC address.
- Fingerprint IP hosts using the arp-fingerprint tool.
Author: Roy Hills
arp-scan [options] [hosts...]
Target hosts must be specified on the command line unless the --file option is given, in which case the targets are read from the specified file instead, or the --localnet option is used, in which case the targets are generated from the network interface IP address and netmask.
You will need to be root, or arp-scan must be SUID root, in order to run arp-scan, because the functions that it uses to read and write packets require root privilege.
The target hosts can be specified as IP addresses or hostnames. You can also specify the target as IPnetwork/bits (e.g. 192.168.1.0/24) to specify all hosts in the given network (network and broadcast addresses included), or IPstart-IPend (e.g. 192.168.1.3-192.168.1.27) to specify all hosts in the inclusive range, or IPnetwork:NetMask (e.g. 192.168.1.0:255.255.255.0) to specify all hosts in the given network and mask.
These different options for specifying target hosts may be used both on the command line, and also in the file specified with the --file option.
Note: where an option takes a value, that value is specified as a letter in angle brackets. The letter indicates the type of data that is expected:
A character string, e.g. --file=hostlist.txt.
An integer, which can be specified as a decimal number or as a hexadecimal number if preceded with 0x, e.g. --arppro=2048 or --arpro=0x0800.
A floating point decimal number, e.g. --backoff=1.5.
An Ethernet MAC address, which can be specified either in the format 01:23:45:67:89:ab, or as 01-23-45-67-89-ab. The alphabetic hex characters may be either upper or lower case. E.g. --arpsha=01:23:45:67:89:ab.
An IPv4 address, e.g. --arpspa=10.0.0.1
Binary data specified as a hexadecimal string, which should not include a leading 0x. The alphabetic hex characters may be either upper or lower case. E.g. --padding=aaaaaaaaaaaa
Something else. See the description of the option for details.
--help or -h
Display this usage message and exit.
--file=<s> or -f <s>
Read hostnames or addresses from the specified file instead of from the command line. One name or IP address per line. Use "-" for standard input.
--localnet or -l
Generate addresses from network interface configuration. Use the network interface IP address and network mask to generate the list of target host addresses. The list will include the network and broadcast addresses, so an interface address of 10.0.0.1 with netmask 255.255.255.0 would generate 256 target hosts from 10.0.0.0 to 10.0.0.255 inclusive. If you use this option, you cannot specify the --file option or specify any target hosts on the command line. The interface specifications are taken from the interface that arp-scan will use, which can be changed with the option.
--retry=<i> or -r <i>
Set total number of attempts per host to <i>, default=2.
--timeout=<i> or -t <i>
Set initial per host timeout to <i> ms, default=500. This timeout is for the first packet sent to each host. subsequent timeouts are multiplied by the backoff factor which is set with --backoff.
--interval=<x> or -i <x>
Set minimum packet interval to <x>. This controls the outgoing bandwidth usage by limiting the rate at which packets can be sent. The packet interval will be no smaller than this number. If you want to use up to a given bandwidth, then it is easier to use the --bandwidth option instead. The interval specified is in milliseconds by default, or in microseconds if "u" is appended to the value.
--bandwidth=<x> or -B <x>
Set desired outbound bandwidth to <x>, default=256000. The value is in bits per second by default. If you append "K" to the value, then the units are kilobits per sec; and if you append "M" to the value, the units are megabits per second. The "K" and "M" suffixes represent the decimal, not binary, multiples. So 64K is 64000, not 65536. You cannot specify both --interval and --bandwidth because they are just different ways to change the same underlying parameter.
--backoff=<f> or -b <f>
Set timeout backoff factor to <f>, default=1.50. The per-host timeout is multiplied by this factor after each timeout. So, if the number of retries is 3, the initial per-host timeout is 500ms and the backoff factor is 1.5, then the first timeout will be 500ms, the second 750ms and the third 1125ms.
--verbose or -v
Display verbose progress messages. Use more than once for greater effect:
1 - Display the network address and mask used when the --localnet option is specified, display any nonzero packet padding, display packets received from unknown hosts, and show when each pass through the list completes.
2 - Show each packet sent and received, when entries are removed from the list, the pcap filter string, and counts of MAC/Vendor mapping entries.
3 - Display the host list before scanning starts.
--version or -V
Display program version and exit.
--random or -R
Randomise the host list. This option randomises the order of the hosts in the host list, so the ARP packets are sent to the hosts in a random order. It uses the Knuth shuffle algorithm.
Use <i> to seed the pseudo random number generator. This option seeds the PRNG with the specified number, which can be useful if you want to ensure that the random host list is reproducible. By default, the PRNG is seeded with an unpredictable value. This option is only effective in conjunction with the --random (-R) option.
--numeric or -N
IP addresses only, no hostnames. With this option, all hosts must be specified as IP addresses. Hostnames are not permitted. No DNS lookups will be performed.
--snap=<i> or -n <i>
Set the pcap snap length to <i>. Default=64. This specifies the frame capture length. This length includes the data-link header. The default is normally sufficient.
--interface=<s> or -I <s>
Use network interface <s>. If this option is not specified, arp-scan will search the system interface list for the lowest numbered, configured up interface (excluding loopback). The interface specified must support ARP.
--quiet or -q
Only display minimal output. No protocol decoding. If this option is specified, then only the IP address and MAC address are displayed for each responding host. No protocol decoding is performed and the OUI mapping files are not used.
--plain or -x
Display plain output showing only responding hosts. This option suppresses the printing of the header and footer text, and only displays one line for each responding host. Useful if the output will be parsed by a script.
--ignoredups or -g
Don't display duplicate packets. By default, duplicate packets are displayed and are flagged with "(DUP: n)".
--ouifile=<s> or -O <s>
Use IEEE Ethernet OUI to vendor mapping file <s>. If this option is not specified, the default filename is ieee-oui.txt in the current directory. If that is not found, then the file /usr/share/arp-scan/ieee-oui.txt is used.
--iabfile=<s> or -O <s>
Use IEEE Ethernet IAB to vendor mapping file <s>. If this option is not specified, the default filename is ieee-iab.txt in the current directory. If that is not found, then the file /usr/share/arp-scan/ieee-iab.txt is used.
--macfile=<s> or -O <s>
Use custom Ethernet MAC to vendor mapping file <s>. If this option is not specified, the default filename is mac-vendor.txt in the current directory. If that is not found, then the file /usr/share/arp-scan/mac-vendor.txt is used.
--srcaddr=<m> or -S <m>
Set the source Ethernet MAC address to <m>. This sets the 48-bit hardware address in the Ethernet frame header for outgoing ARP packets. It does not change the hardware address in the ARP packet, see --arpsha for details on how to change that address. The default is the Ethernet address of the outgoing interface.
--destaddr=<m> or -T <m>
Send the packets to Ethernet MAC address <m> This sets the 48-bit destination address in the Ethernet frame header. The default is the broadcast address ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff. Most operating systems will also respond if the ARP request is sent to their MAC address, or to a multicast address that they are listening on.
--arpsha=<m> or -u <m>
Use <m> as the ARP source Ethernet address This sets the 48-bit ar$sha field in the ARP packet It does not change the hardware address in the frame header, see --srcaddr for details on how to change that address. The default is the Ethernet address of the outgoing interface.
--arptha=<m> or -w <m>
Use <m> as the ARP target Ethernet address This sets the 48-bit ar$tha field in the ARP packet The default is zero, because this field is not used for ARP request packets.
--prototype=<i> or -y <i>
Set the Ethernet protocol type to <i>, default=0x0806. This sets the 16-bit protocol type field in the Ethernet frame header. Setting this to a non-default value will result in the packet being ignored by the target, or sent to the wrong protocol stack.
--arphrd=<i> or -H <i>
Use <i> for the ARP hardware type, default=1. This sets the 16-bit ar$hrd field in the ARP packet. The normal value is 1 (ARPHRD_ETHER). Most, but not all, operating systems will also respond to 6 (ARPHRD_IEEE802). A few systems respond to any value.
--arppro=<i> or -p <i>
Use <i> for the ARP protocol type, default=0x0800. This sets the 16-bit ar$pro field in the ARP packet. Most operating systems only respond to 0x0800 (IPv4) but some will respond to other values as well.
--arphln=<i> or -a <i>
Set the hardware address length to <i>, default=6. This sets the 8-bit ar$hln field in the ARP packet. It sets the claimed length of the hardware address in the ARP packet. Setting it to any value other than the default will make the packet non RFC compliant. Some operating systems may still respond to it though. Note that the actual lengths of the ar$sha and ar$tha fields in the ARP packet are not changed by this option; it only changes the ar$hln field.
--arppln=<i> or -P <i>
Set the protocol address length to <i>, default=4. This sets the 8-bit ar$pln field in the ARP packet. It sets the claimed length of the protocol address in the ARP packet. Setting it to any value other than the default will make the packet non RFC compliant. Some operating systems may still respond to it though. Note that the actual lengths of the ar$spa and ar$tpa fields in the ARP packet are not changed by this option; it only changes the ar$pln field.
--arpop=<i> or -o <i>
Use <i> for the ARP operation, default=1. This sets the 16-bit ar$op field in the ARP packet. Most operating systems will only respond to the value 1 (ARPOP_REQUEST). However, some systems will respond to other values as well.
--arpspa=<a> or -s <a>
Use <a> as the source IP address. The address should be specified in dotted quad format; or the literal string "dest", which sets the source address to be the same as the target host address. This sets the 32-bit ar$spa field in the ARP packet. Some operating systems check this, and will only respond if the source address is within the network of the receiving interface. Others don't care, and will respond to any source address. By default, the outgoing interface address is used.
WARNING: Setting ar$spa to the destination IP address can disrupt some operating systems, as they assume there is an IP address clash if they receive an ARP request for their own address.
--padding=<h> or -A <h>
Specify padding after packet data. Set the padding data to hex value <h>. This data is appended to the end of the ARP packet, after the data. Most, if not all, operating systems will ignore any padding. The default is no padding, although the Ethernet driver on the sending system may pad the packet to the minimum Ethernet frame length.
--llc or -L
Use RFC 1042 LLC framing with SNAP. This option causes the outgoing ARP packets to use IEEE 802.2 framing with a SNAP header as described in RFC 1042. The default is to use Ethernet-II framing. arp-scan will decode and display received ARP packets in either Ethernet-II or IEEE 802.2 formats irrespective of this option.
--vlan=<i> or -Q <i>
Use 802.1Q tagging with VLAN id <i>. This option causes the outgoing ARP packets to use 802.1Q VLAN tagging with a VLAN ID of <i>, which should be in the range 0 to 4095 inclusive. arp-scan will always decode and display received ARP packets in 802.1Q format irrespective of this option.
--pcapsavefile=<s> or -W <s>
Write received packets to pcap savefile <s>. This option causes received ARP responses to be written to the specified pcap savefile as well as being decoded and displayed. This savefile can be analysed with programs that understand the pcap file format, such as "tcpdump" and "wireshark".
--rtt or -D
Display the packet round-trip time.
arp-scan sends ARP packets to hosts on the local network and displays any responses that are received. The network interface to use can be specified with the --interface option. If this option is not present, arp-scan will search the system interface list for the lowest numbered, configured up interface (excluding loopback). By default, the ARP packets are sent to the Ethernet broadcast address, ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff, but that can be changed with the --destaddr option.
The target hosts to scan may be specified in one of three ways: by specifying the targets on the command line; by specifying a file containing the targets with the --file option; or by specifying the --localnet option which causes all possible hosts on the network attached to the interface (as defined by the interface address and mask) to be scanned. For hosts specified on the command line, or with the --file option, you can use either IP addresses or hostnames. You can also use network specifications IPnetwork/bits, IPstart-IPend, or IPnetwork:NetMask.
The list of target hosts is stored in memory. Each host in this list uses 28 bytes of memory, so scanning a Class-B network (65,536 hosts) requires about 1.75MB of memory for the list, and scanning a Class-A (16,777,216 hosts) requires about 448MB.
arp-scan supports Ethernet and 802.11 wireless networks. It could also support token ring and FDDI, but they have not been tested. It does not support serial links such as PPP or SLIP, because ARP is not supported on them.
The ARP protocol is a layer-2 (datalink layer) protocol that is used to determine a host's layer-2 address given its layer-3 (network layer) address. ARP was designed to work with any layer-2 and layer-3 address format, but the most common use is to map IP addresses to Ethernet hardware addresses, and this is what arp-scan supports. ARP only operates on the local network, and cannot be routed. Although the ARP protocol makes use of IP addresses, it is not an IP-based protocol and arp-scan can be used on an interface that is not configured for IP.
ARP is only used by IPv4 hosts. IPv6 uses NDP (neighbour discovery protocol) instead, which is a different protocol and is not supported by arp-scan.
One ARP packet is sent for each for each target host, with the target protocol address (the ar$tpa field) set to the IP address of this host. If a host does not respond, then the ARP packet will be re-sent once more. The maximum number of retries can be changed with the --retry option. Reducing the number of retries will reduce the scanning time at the possible risk of missing some results due to packet loss.
You can specify the bandwidth that arp-scan will use for the outgoing ARP packets with the --bandwidth option. By default, it uses a bandwidth of 256000 bits per second. Increasing the bandwidth will reduce the scanning time, but setting the bandwidth too high may result in an ARP storm which can disrupt network operation. Also, setting the bandwidth too high can send packets faster than the network interface can transmit them, which will eventually fill the kernel's transmit buffer resulting in the error message: No buffer space available. Another way to specify the outgoing ARP packet rate is with the --interval option, which is an alternative way to modify the same underlying parameter.
The time taken to perform a single-pass scan (i.e. with --retry=1) is given by:
time = n*i + t + o
Where n is the number of hosts in the list, i is the time interval between packets (specified with --interval, or calculated from --bandwidth), t is the timeout value (specified with --timeout) and o is the overhead time taken to load the targets into the list and read the MAC/Vendor mapping files. For small lists of hosts, the timeout value will dominate, but for large lists the packet interval is the most important value.
With 65,536 hosts, the default bandwidth of 256,000 bits/second (which results in a packet interval of 2ms), the default timeout of 500ms, and a single pass ( --retry=1), and assuming an overhead of 1 second, the scan would take 65536*0.002 + 0.5 + 1 = 132.57 seconds, or about 2 minutes 13 seconds.
Any part of the outgoing ARP packet may be modified through the use of the various --arpXXX options. The use of some of these options may make the outgoing ARP packet non RFC compliant. Different operating systems handle the various non standard ARP packets in different ways, and this may be used to fingerprint these systems. See arp-fingerprint(1) for information about a script which uses these options to fingerprint the target operating system.
ARP Protocol Data Fields
|Field Name||Size (Bits)||Function||Notes|
|ar$hrd||16||ARP Hardware Type||Default is 0001 (Ethernet)|
|ar$pro||16||ARP Protocol Type||Default is 0800 (IPv4)|
|ar$hln||8||Link Layer Hardware Address Length||Default is 6 bytes (48 bits)|
|ar$pln||8||Network Protocol Address Length||Default is 4 bytes (32 bits)|
|ar$op||16||ARP Opcode||0001 for ARP Request or 0002 for ARP Reply|
|ar$sha||48||Sender Hardware Address||Default is the address of the outgoing interface|
|ar$spa||32||Sender Network Protocol Address||Default is the IP address of the outgoing interface|
|ar$tha||48||Target Hardware Address||Default is zero for ARP requests|
|ar$tpa||32||Target Network Protocol Address||For ARP requests, this is the IP address that we wish to find|
The most commonly used outgoing ARP packet option is --arpspa, which sets the source IP address in the ARP packet. This option allows the outgoing ARP packet to use a different source IP address from the outgoing interface address. With this option it is possible to use arp-scan on an interface with no IP address configured, which can be useful if you want to ensure that the testing host does not interact with the network being tested.
Warning: Setting ar$spa to the destination IP address can disrupt some operating systems, as they assume there is an IP address clash if they receive an ARP request for their own address.
It is also possible to change the values in the Ethernet frame header that precedes the ARP packet in the outgoing packets. The table below summarises the options that change values in the Ethernet frame header.
MAC Header Fields
|Field Name||Size (Bits)||Function||Notes|
|Dest Address||48||Frame destination address||By default ARP requests are sent to the broadcast address ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff|
|Source Address||48||Frame source address||Default is the address of the outgoing interface|
|Protocol Type||16||Ethernet protocol type||The ARP protocol type is 0806|
The most commonly used outgoing Ethernet frame option is --destaddr, which sets the destination Ethernet address for the ARP packet. --prototype is not often used, because it will cause the packet to be interpreted as a different Ethernet protocol.
Any ARP responses that are received are displayed in the following format:
<IP Address> <Hardware Address> <Vendor Details>
Where IP Address is the IP address of the responding target, Hardware Address is its Ethernet hardware address (also known as the MAC address) and Vendor Details are the vendor details, decoded from the hardware address. The output fields are separated by a single tab character.
The responses are displayed in the order they are received, which is not always the same order as the requests were sent because some hosts may respond faster than others.
The vendor decoding uses the files ieee-oui.txt, ieee-iab.txt and mac-vendor.txt, which are supplied with arp-scan. The ieee-oui.txt and ieee-iab.txt files are generated from the OUI and IAB data on the IEEE website at http://standards-oui.ieee.org/oui/oui.txt and http://standards.ieee.org/regauth/oui/iab.txt. The Perl scripts get-oui and get-iab, which are included in the arp-scan package, can be used to update these files with the latest data from the IEEE website. The mac-vendor.txt file contains other MAC to Vendor mappings that are not covered by the IEEE OUI and IAB files, and can be used to add custom mappings.
Almost all hosts that support IP will respond to arp-scan if they receive an ARP packet with the target protocol address (ar$tpa) set to their IP address. This includes firewalls and other hosts with IP filtering that drop all IP traffic from the testing system. For this reason, arp-scan is a useful tool to quickly determine all the active IP hosts on a given Ethernet network segment.
List of IEEE OUI (Organisationally Unique Identifier) to vendor mappings.
List of IEEE IAB (Individual Address Block) to vendor mappings.
List of other Ethernet MAC to vendor mappings.
get-oui – Fetch the arp-scan OUI file from the IEEE website
get-oui fetches the Ethernet OUI file from the IEEE website, and saves it in the format used by arp-scan.
The OUI file contains all of the OUIs (Organizationally Unique Identifiers) that have been registered with IEEE. Each OUI entry in the file specifies the first 24-bits of the 48-bit Ethernet hardware address, leaving the remaining 24-bits for use by the registering organisation. For example the OUI entry "080020", registered to Sun Microsystems, applies to any Ethernet hardware address from 08:00:20:00:00:00 to 08:00:20:ff:ff:ff inclusive. Each OUI assignment represents a total of 2^24 (16,777,216) Ethernet addresses.
Every major Ethernet hardware vendor registers an OUI for their equipment, and larger vendors will need to register more than one. For example, 3Com have a total of 37 OUI entries. Organisations that only produce a small number of Ethernet devices will often obtain an IAB registration instead. See get-iab(1) for details.
This script can be used to update the arp-scan OUI file from the latest data on the IEEE website. Most of the Ethernet addresses in use belong to an OUI registration, so this is the most important of the files that arp-scan uses to decode Ethernet hardware addresses. You should therefore run get-oui occasionally to keep the arp-scan OUI file up to date.
The OUI data is fetched from the URL http://standards-oui.ieee.org/oui/oui.txt and the output file is saved to the file ieee-oui.txt in the current directory. The URL to fetch the data from can be changed with the -u option, and the output file name can be changed with the -f option.
The ieee-oui.txt file that is produced by this script is used by arp-scan to determine the Ethernet card vendor from its hardware address.
The directory that arp-scan will look for the ieee-oui.txt file depends on the options used when it was built. If it was built using the default options, then it will look in /usr/local/share/arp-scan.
-h Display this usage message. -f FILE Specify the output OUI file. Default=ieee-oui.txt -u URL Specify the URL to fetch the OUI data from. Default=http://standards-oui.ieee.org/oui/oui.txt -v Give verbose progress messages.
To update the OUI file, run the following command:
sudo get-oui -v -f /usr/share/arp-scan/ieee-oui.txt -u http://standards-oui.ieee.org/oui/oui.txt
arp-scan Usage Example
Scan the local network using information from the main network interface:
sudo arp-scan -l
Interface: eth0, datalink type: EN10MB (Ethernet) Starting arp-scan 1.9 with 256 hosts (http://www.nta-monitor.com/tools/arp-scan/) 172.16.193.1 00:50:56:c0:00:08 VMware, Inc. 172.16.193.2 00:50:56:f1:18:a8 VMware, Inc. 172.16.193.254 00:50:56:e5:7b:87 VMware, Inc. 3 packets received by filter, 0 packets dropped by kernel Ending arp-scan 1.9: 256 hosts scanned in 2.327 seconds (110.01 hosts/sec). 3 responded
Scan local network 192.168.0.0/24 using eth0 interface:
sudo arp-scan --interface=eth0 192.168.0.0/24
Interface: eth0, datalink type: EN10MB (Ethernet) Starting arp-scan 1.4 with 256 hosts (http://www.nta-monitor.com/tools/arp-scan/) 192.168.0.1 00:c0:9f:09:b8:db QUANTA COMPUTER, INC. 192.168.0.3 00:02:b3:bb:66:98 Intel Corporation 192.168.0.5 00:02:a5:90:c3:e6 Compaq Computer Corporation 192.168.0.6 00:c0:9f:0b:91:d1 QUANTA COMPUTER, INC. 192.168.0.12 00:02:b3:46:0d:4c Intel Corporation 192.168.0.13 00:02:a5:de:c2:17 Compaq Computer Corporation 192.168.0.87 00:0b:db:b2:fa:60 Dell ESG PCBA Test 192.168.0.90 00:02:b3:06:d7:9b Intel Corporation 192.168.0.105 00:13:72:09:ad:76 Dell Inc. 192.168.0.153 00:10:db:26:4d:52 Juniper Networks, Inc. 192.168.0.191 00:01:e6:57:8b:68 Hewlett-Packard Company 192.168.0.251 00:04:27:6a:5d:a1 Cisco Systems, Inc. 192.168.0.196 00:30:c1:5e:58:7d HEWLETT-PACKARD
Scan the subnet on the specified interface and using the custom source MAC address:
sudo arp-scan -I eth0 --srcaddr=DE:AD:BE:EF:CA:FE 192.168.86.0/24
Interface: eth0, datalink type: EN10MB (Ethernet) Starting arp-scan 1.9 with 256 hosts (http://www.nta-monitor.com/tools/arp-scan/) 192.168.86.1 70:3a:cb:68:51:4c (Unknown) 192.168.86.3 00:08:9b:f6:f6:2f ICP Electronics Inc. 192.168.86.2 84:1b:5e:e5:66:af NETGEAR 192.168.86.4 00:11:32:4b:04:8a Synology Incorporated 192.168.86.7 b8:27:eb:89:ac:c3 Raspberry Pi Foundation
How to install arp-scan
Installation on Kali Linux
The program is pre-installed on Kali Linux. To install in minimal builds run:
sudo apt install arp-scan
Installation on Debian, Linux Mint, Ubuntu
sudo apt install arp-scan
Installation on BlackArch
The program is pre-installed on BlackArch. To install in minimal builds run:
sudo pacman -S arp-scan