Finally, Version 8.1.3 of NetworkToolbox has been released by Apple.
Below is a summary of changes to the previous version. This is quite a long list. There are three new tools (27 in total now) and several parts have been completely re-coded. But this time, once I finished implementing one feature, I can’t wait to implement the next on my list. Maybe next time, I will create smaller updates.
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List of changes:
■ New Network and Port Scan engines
Network and Port Scanning is now blazing fast and even more accurate than before.
Now, hundreds of addresses and ports will be scanned simultaneously as fast as possible but still with the best possible accuracy. Since scanning is now way faster, all scans are repeated automatically a few times.
Scanning is also now random so that Firewalls and Intrusion detection systems will not immediately identify each scan easily.
■ Bookmarks is now Logbook
A new Logbook functionality has been introduced and the formerly available Bookmarks functionality has been integrated in this new Logbook function.
Logbooks can collect the following type of information
- Schodan and Morpheus Scan results
- Network Scan results
- Port Scan results
- Hosts (= former Bookmarks)
Best of all, Network- and Port- scans can now be compared to each other. This way, you can quickly find out what has been changed in your network between two scans.
Logs can of course also be exported or printed.
■ Custom Device Names
You can now (optionally) assign individual names for your devices on your network. This makes it easier than ever to identify each particular device in the various scans.
These names are tied together with the MAC address. Such a maintained device name will be displayed instead of the network name in a different color.
Custom Device Names can be maintained in three different ways
- In the Network Scan results. Just open the details of an entry and here you can directly enter an individual name
- You can export a complete list of a network scan to the list of individual names
- You can maintain the complete list of individual names from inside the settings screen
■ Improved DNS tool
The DNS Tool has been improved in several ways.
It still provides information about a certain domain with its IP Address, Provider, country and location.
Now, this tool also performs a reverse-DNS lookup with more than one record, if available.
Second, it now provides DNS Server information such as MX, NS, SOA and TXT Records.
■ Devices tool improvements
Now, all available interfaces (not just WiFi, Cell) will be displayed with much more detailed information. This way, you can even investigate your virtual VPN devices.
Proxy information now is also included.
Sensors such as Gyroscope, Accelerometer etc. will now be displayed graphically.
■ HTTP browser
The http tool now contains an improved browser. The browser also now records all requests a website initiate (even requests initiated by scripts) so you can easily inspect scriptfiles, images that are being loaded or even the sources of Ad banners.
The password test also has been improved and can now fill out many more types for login forms.
■ New Security Check tool
This is another new tool which required most of the development time. This tool contains several individual security checks for various exploits or issues. So far, it contains only a few checks but there are more to come over time.
The challenge was to implement a tool that I can use to quickly provide certain tests to you, without the necessity to send out a new app update. This is now possible with this new Security Check tool.
The idea was born when I added the Verizon Supercookie test but that was a quite simple test. Now even more sophisticated tests are possible and I can add all those tests via Data updates.
To use the test, you can either select the test inside the tool from the list or, like with most other tools, when working on results of any tool and using the […] button
I will announce new tests in the news section of the app but not on my website as this is too closely related to this app.
■ New Web-Service Tool
This new Tool allows to explore or debug SOAP and REST Web-Services. All API parameters such as URL Parameters, Header information and Request Body can easily be maintained and even stored under an individual name. The API requests can be executed via a HTTP-GET, -PUT or -POST methods.
JSON and XML results are being displayed in a hierarchical tree browser.
There are a few predefined Web-Service samples included such as the Google Geo API.
■ New Mail Server Tool
This tool checks for POP3, IMAP and SMTP mail services and provides useful information either for your Mail-Client settings and possible improvements for the Mail-Server settings.
■ Resources section has been completely re-coded
The resources section of the app contains a lot of information but wasn’t easy to find and use. It now has a similar user interface like the main app screen. It now also allows me to add more information via Data updates.
■ Various other changes and bug fixes
- Several design changes throughout the whole app
- The MAC address bug has been fixed which showed a wrong last byte of the MAC
- The local IP address has not always been displayed correctly (e.g. was shown as “error”)
- The MAC address is now displayed in the Network Scan report and no longer only in the details screen
- IP Calculator improvements
- Improvements for iPhone 6 and 6+
- 64-Bit support
- iOS 8.3 support
Please don’t forget to check for a data-update after the installation.
Please let me know should you find a bug or if you have additional ideas or requests.