Monday, April 8, 2013

Using Nessus in Kali Linux / Backtrack To Scan For Vulnerabilities | How To

Written by: Pranshu Bajpai | Find Pranshu on Google+ And LinkedIn

Read my Post on Setting up on Nessus, if you haven't got it set up yet.

After logging into Nessus, goto 'Scans' -> 'Create new scan'

Here, give a name to the scan (I usually use current Date).

'Run now' (or schedule scan for later).

Type of scan -> Select "Internal network scan' for local scan

Give it a host address ( or a host-range ( or a host list file.

Go ahead and initiate the scan and wait while it populates the vulnerabilities present in scanned hosts.

It can give you a hosts summary in this manner:

Or, you can arrange the vulnerabilities by decreasing priority:

After the Scan, move to the 'Results' Page:

You also 'Export' the result in various formats like '.nessus' or 'PDF' or 'HTML' :

Logout of Nessus after you are done.


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  2. good post, should post one about pivoting and then using nessus to do VA.