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Monday, May 31, 2010

How to install Nessus on Backtrack 4

Things has not changed much in the previous versions, of both BackTrack (except it's now Ubuntu) and Nessus. However, it is always good to post something here so that I can refer back to it when I need to.

What you will need is to Download Nessus via:

The version I get now is 4.2.2. You probably want the GUI as well, which I am not very sure if it is still supported since the version is still at 4.0.2:

In your BackTrack, open a command prompt (or shell) and run:
dpkg -i
for both the Server and the Client (if you want the GUI).

For Nessus Server, the following steps are required:

  1. 1. Make the certificates


  2. Register the scanner in order to download update

    /opt/nessus/bin/nessus-fetch –register XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX

    Nessus will fetch the update once it finish register. Btw, I presumed you know how this works, if not, you can refer to:

  3. Create a Nessus User


  4. Start Nessus Server

    /etc/init.d/nessusd start

  5. Start Nessus Client

    Backtrack -> Internet -> NessusClient or from CLI: /opt/nessus/bin/NessusClient

That's all to it.

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