What is NetBIOS Name Service (NBNS)?

Last Updated On November 01, 2018


NBNS is a networking protocol that was made for older systems to allow communication over modern TCP/IP networks. In many cases, NetBIOS is still used in some organizations today, an disabling it could cause disruption in services. It has many of the same functionalities as DNS, which are that it allows for legacy systems to resolve DNS names to IP addresses.

In today’s age, systems with NBNS attacks can be vulnerable to NBNS poisoning attacks, and is typically recommended to be disable unless absolutely required for business operations.

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