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Thread: Nessus 3.2.1 Installation on Backtrack 4 Beta[Tutorial]

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    Cool Nessus 3.2.1 Installation on Backtrack 4 Beta[Tutorial]

    Hello all the is how to install Nessus on Back|track 4 beta.don't use apt-get install nessus as first I tried with apt-get but there was very older version of Nessus in respositories.something 2.x.quite useless isn't lets install the latest one to stay latest in security.

    First download these packages


    (I have chosen debian package because NessusClient- was missing some of dependencies and was not installing correctly.instead the debian package worked like a charm as its upto-date with dependencies and it produces no error at all.

    Next register your copy to get plugins update using homefeed and please provide the real mail ID as they will send you the activation key for homefeed.

    Regsiter Here

    Click accept and enter a valid working email ID.

    now we start installing the packages.

    root@ThUndErbOLt:~#dpkg -i Nessus-3.2.1-ubuntu804_i386.deb

    now configure the certificate & admin user for nessus
    root@ThUndErbOLt:~#/opt/nessus/sbin/nessus-mkcert (this is neccessary to communicate between nessus client to nessus daemon/remote host)
    (configure options accordingly or just press enter for default)

    CA certificate life time in days [1460]:
    Server certificate life time in days [365]:
    Your country (two letter code) [FR]:IN
    Your state or province name [none]: Karnataka
    Your location (e.g. town) [Paris]: Bangalore
    it should show the message
    Congratulations. Your server certificate was properly created.
    hit enter to come out

    enter information about the user.
    Authentication (Pass/Cert)
    confirm password:
    after configuring the parameters it ask for rule-set.we have configured the admin user having full permissions.if we wants to limit and want to add certain users then we can use rule-set here.
    For configuring ruleset please refer to nessus-adduser(8) man page for the rules syntax as it limit the use of nessus.
    press ctrl + d
    it asks for confirmation.choose y

    now start Nessus daemon by using
    root@ThUndErbOLt:~# /etc/init.d/nessusd start
    $Starting Nessus : .

    confirm that its running using
    root@ThUndErbOLt:~# netstat -ant|grep 1241
    tcp 0 0* LISTEN
    tcp6 0 0 :::1241 :::* LISTEN

    now Install NessusClient(the GUI Frontend to use nessusd)
    root@ThUndErbOLt:~# dpkg -i NessusClient-3.2.1-debian4_i386.deb

    now register the plugin feed for updating nessus
    root@ThUndErbOLt:~#/opt/nessus/bin/nessus-fetch --register XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX(replace X with your keys)
    Your activation code has been registered properly - thank you.
    Now fetching the newest plugin set from
    now it will download the plugins and will purge them into database.if you don't wan't to do this ctrl + c to cancel it.later you can download it using


    run the scan using NessusClient
    backtrack menu->Internet->NessusClient
    click on + icon
    by default selected radiobox is single host
    type Host Name localhost & hit save
    select the localhost & press connect
    from connect option box choose edit
    set the Login & Password which we created earlier using nessus-adduser
    hit Save
    select localhost & hit connect
    first time it asks for logging into nessus server.hit yes

    now you can customize the default scan/microsoft scan policy and can scan.that's it!

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    Worked like a charm

    Many thanks
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    Thank you! Works great!

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    ditto, works well for me too, thanks a bunch!

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    Worked great, many thanks!

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    worked perfectly thanks for your time man

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    Gratz, thanks m8....

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    great stuff dependencies work and all

    thanks dude :P

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    Good instructions which work when I created a usb key with 'changes' - no problem

    BUT - When I downloaded he BT4B VMware image and installed Nessus I got the following error when trying to start Nessus

    root@bt:~# /etc/init.d/nessusd start
    $Starting Nessus : Error : could not open ''
    Error : could not open ''

    Google searches did not throw any light on this one !!!

    My setup sequence was;
    Fire up bt4b vmware image
    set keys for updates
    ran apt-get updates
    ran apt-get upgrade
    ran the kde fix dirty script.
    installed nessus - as shown above in the post.
    updated nessus plugins.

    tried to start nessusd

    Any help or idea's appreciated.



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    Default NessusClient 4.0 dependency issues

    I tried installing NessusClient as mentioned above. I keep having dependency issues when installing the client. They no longer offer (at least i cant find the 3.2.1 v) they only have 4.0 to download. anyone else have problems installing 4.0? ok didnt see the nessus 4.0 setup. i did apt-get update and that fixed everything.

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