Checking Security with Nessus
The nessus package is an excellent package for checking known
security problems. Install on one machine both nessus (the
client) and nessusd (the server).
For nessusd you need to create a user account using
nessusd-adduser. One suggestion is to simply create a user
with the same name as your user account (e.g., kayon). Then
start the daemon (server) with:
Note that this daemon is not automatically run within the
As a user start up the nessus client and login with your user
name. Go to the Target selection tab and type in a list of
hosts you wish to check, comma separated. If you want to test all
machine on your network, try something like 188.8.131.52/24.
After you click Start the scan the checking is initiated.
Eventually a report will be presented. You can save the report in
various formats, including LATEX.
The testing is extensive and the report provides suggestions for
eliminating security holes.
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