According to the implementation of the TCP/IP stack an attacker is able to identify which operating system is running on a network device. Is there any paper or the like according on this topic?

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There's also a Nessus Plugin for that. You can find more details here.

By the way, this technique is called OS Fingerprinting. You can find more details about it on this Wikipedia Page of course and in this SANS paper.


Perhaps Remote OS Detection would be of interest to you. And, of course, you can test what you see there with nmap.

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