I have a Samsung Smart TV running Tizen OS, and out of curiosity I scanned it with Nmap. I found multiple open ports. One of those ports is running a "display" service. Does this mean it can cast its own screen, or that i can cast my screen to it?

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    Something to keep in mind with nmap is how it decides what service is running on a port. The first page of the documentation has some good examples of why this detection matters, nmap.org/book/vscan.html . In your case, nmap is probably right about it being a display service, but it's worth understanding what options your GUI tool might be using and if you really need to know what services are exposed how to probe or verify them more accurately.
    – Freiheit
    Commented Jun 14, 2019 at 20:05
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    Weird the you obscured the port but not the service name. They correspond 1-to-1 in most cases, including this one. Commented Jun 14, 2019 at 20:45
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While this isn't strictly a security question, I'm unsure if the Stack Exchanges for Super User or Networking would take this, so I'll just answer it quickly:

Depending on your options, nmap will return different results for ports because different steps for service reconnaissance are taken. Since you seem to use a GUI to nmap and are asking a security beginners question, I'm assuming it's the default options, untweaked. In this case, per /usr/share/nmap/nmap-services this is:

 display 7236/tcp        0.000000        # Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi Display Protocol

If the port does in fact match (unfortunately, you did hide that information from us), this is probably a Miracast instance.

From there you can see the direction the display sharing is supposed to work (emphasis mine):

Miracast is a standard for wireless connections from devices (such as laptops, tablets, or smartphones) to displays (such as TVs, monitors or projectors), introduced in 2012 by the Wi-Fi Alliance. It can roughly be described as "HDMI over Wi-Fi", replacing the cable from the device to the display.


Does this mean it can cast its own screen, or that i can cast my screen to it?

The latter.

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    See samsung.com/sg/support/tv-audio-video/… Commented Jun 14, 2019 at 16:27
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    Samsung has an app called smartthings, that does this. Enabling you to cast from a smartphone or likewise to the tv. It has some restrictions on what you may cast. But just confirming the above answer from a former salesmans perspective.
    – Olba12
    Commented Jun 14, 2019 at 22:51