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MacOS 10.14.6 and Zenmap 7.8 - Zenmap will not open unless run via CLI #1696

robertstrom opened this issue Aug 16, 2019 · 1 comment


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commented Aug 16, 2019

I have two Mac's that I have installed the binary download of Nmap on (nmap-7.80.dmg) and both are behaving the same way. If I press Command + Space keys and type Zenmap and try to launch I get prompted to enter credentials and then Zenmap blips away / does not run. If I tail the system.log file I get these errors

Aug 16 16:40:08 Mac-Pro Zenmap[6574]: Failed to execute applescript with admin privileges, trying without.
Aug 16 16:40:08 Mac-Pro Zenmap[6574]: Failed to execute applescript at all.

yet I can open a terminal session and run the following command

sudo /Applications/ &

and then enter my credentials and Zenmap will launch.

Is there something that I can do on my end or is this a bug that needs to be fixed (looks like the later to me).

Both Mac's are running 10.14.6 and Zenmap / Nmap 7.8.

I have not had this issue before on either of these machines.




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commented Aug 23, 2019

Zenmap 7.8 isn't launching for me either, on macOS 10.14.6. Launching via the terminal (as described above) works for me, if I install via the package within the DMG; it did not work if I installed via "brew cask install zenmap" (formulae).

ZenMap does launch via the Finder if I create a new admin user, and launch it from within that user profile. It also launches from within a Guest User (standard user) session, after I provide the user name and password of my normal (admin) account.

So, does this imply that there is something within my normal account profile that is preventing Zenmap from launching via the Finder?

Removing Zenmap 7.8 and reinstalling Nmap 7.7 from DMG, allows Zenmap 7.7 to work normally, again.

Zenmap 7.7 appears to work with Nmap 7.8.

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