Hello all,

I am a newbie to the computer security world though i do have some basic linux skills. I just installed backtrack 5.3 (VMware virtual machine using virtual box). my physical machine is a a macbook (mac os 10.8.2) I'm trying to run ports scans of the machines on my local network using nmap. Specifically i am trying port scan my own machine using something like:

nmap -sT -A -T4 -v 10.0.1.12.

I turned off the firewall on the mac, so I would expect to see ports open. However, nmap keeps returning that all ports are filtered:

starting Nmap 6.01 ( http:// nmap.org ) at 2013-03-14 22:29 EDT
Initiating Parallel DNS resolution of 1 host. at 22:29
Completed Parallel DNS resolution of 1 host. at 22:29, 0.01s elapsed
Initiating Connect Scan at 22:29
Scanning 10.0.1.12 [1000 ports]
Completed Connect Scan at 22:29, 2.94s elapsed (1000 total ports)
Nmap scan report for 10.0.1.12
Host is up (0.0016s latency).
All 1000 scanned ports on 10.0.1.12 are filtered

Read data files from: /usr/local/bin/../share/nmap
Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 21.15 seconds
Raw packets sent: 4 (152B) | Rcvd: 1 (40B)

I don't understand what this means. Should ports not be opened if the firewall is turned off? Also I am not sure how the router plays into this. I am on one physical machine, but back track is on a virtual machine (with ifconfig reporting ip 10.0.2.15). Just in case i tried opening a few ports on the router, that did not change the nmap results.

any help understanding this is much appreciated.