If I try the sV (service detection) flag in nmap run via proxychains (socks5 server) it appears to give me a segmentation fault message:-

root@kali:~# proxychains nmap -n -sT -Pn X.X.X.X -p 22,80,222,10000 -sV
ProxyChains-3.1 (http://proxychains.sf.net)

Starting Nmap 6.46 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2014-07-25 16:40 BST
Segmentation fault

If I remove -sV or limit my scan to certain ports it is OK.

Is this a bug in nmap and/or proxychains and is there any way to fix it?

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    I can't reproduce with 6.46 and proxychains 3.1. Please include output of nmap --version and run your command with -d for debugging output. Do you have the same problem if you run directly without proxychains? Jul 25, 2014 at 16:47
  • we cant tell you which is causing the seg fault. Read your /var/log/messages
    – AK_
    Jul 26, 2014 at 1:10
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    Can you please try using this newer and more-complete version of proxychains -- github.com/rofl0r/proxychains-ng ?
    – atdre
    Oct 10, 2014 at 15:20

3 Answers 3


This is a known problem with the classic Proxychains program, which is not currently maintained. Proxychains-NG is a good alternative; it is actively maintained, and does not suffer from this particular crash.

  • It's good to know about this Proxychains-NG alternative, thank you. A side note, I found the quick workaround in the other answer by tireksz helpful in squelching the issue in situations where employing NG may not be viable, and where proxy_dns is not required. All of it great info.
    – Ashley
    Nov 15, 2022 at 16:10

For me, the solution was to disable the DNS through socks:

In the /etc/proxychains.conf file, just comment the line proxy_dns by adding a #:

# proxy_dns

It might be useful to identify why the program crashes. I had the same problem when NSE was initiated. Looking at dmesg showed me the following:

[158085.716905] nmap[28540]: segfault at 6 ip b6489234 sp bf89ee6c error 4 in liblua5.2.so.0.0.0[b6483000+36000]
[158389.020572] nmap[28761]: segfault at 6 ip b7380234 sp bf9d61bc error 4 in liblua5.2.so.0.0.0[b737a000+36000]
[158523.581566] nmap[28860]: segfault at 6 ip b73d9234 sp bffbb9bc error 4 in liblua5.2.so.0.0.0[b73d3000+36000]

Which seems to indicate that the problem wasn't directly in proxychains or nmap but in liblua. Updating it to the latest version fixed this bug for me.

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