Although knowing the operating systems running in a network is becoming more and more important (mainly for security reasons), current operating system discovery tools are not sufficiently accurate to acquire the information in a fully automated way. Many design choices explain this lack of accuracy, but they all come down to a poor knowledge representation scheme. In this paper, we study how answer set programming can be used to guide the design of a knowledge-oriented operating system discovery tool. The result is significantly more accurate than today's state of the art tools.

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Gagnon, F, & Esfandiari, B. (2009). Using answer set programming to enhance operating system discovery. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-04238-6_61