HOWTO install Nessus-3.0.5 onto a harddisk installed BackTrack v2.0 Final using Nessus-installer-2.2.9
This howto is for installing Nessus-3.0.5 onto Backtrack which has no other versions of Nessus on it (there are other guides out there for updating earlier versions of Nessus).
My BackTrack v2.0 Final is installed onto a Linux Ext 2 partition.
A Linux Swap partition of 2GB was created as well (i tried 1GB but nessus-installer would not work due to a "cannot allocate memory" msg when running the Nessus-installer).
Step 1: Downloads needed
sharutils-4.2.1-9.i386.rpm (if you have a program that decodes uudecode files, then this package is not needed).
also worth downloading are:-
nessus 3.0 Advanced User Guide
nessus 3.0 Client User Guide
sharutils-4.2.1-9.i386.rpm can be downloaded from here:- (I can't add URL right now, but i think you can work out the links)
/RPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-9.i386.rpm (save the RPM Package File to the /tmp/ location).
nessus-installer-2.2.9.sh can be downloaded from here:-
at the Nessus 2.2.9 installer (all unix systems) download page (save the SH Package File to the /tmp/ location).
nessus 3.0 Advanced User Guide and nessus 3.0 Client User Guide can also be downloaded from:-
at the Nessus 3.0.5 for Linux download page.
When at the Nessus site register your nessus so you will be e-mail a activation code which will be used later.
Step 2: Installing sharutils-4.2.1-9
Convert the rpm package to tgz with the following commands:
step 3: Running the nessus-installer
The NESSUS INSTALLATION SCRIPT will now be showing.
Press enter to continue installation.
At the [/usr/local] on the installation location, press enter.
On the Ready to install page, press enter.
At the Activation code : (enter the activation code which was e-mailed to you earlier and then press enter).
On the Registration page press enter to continue.
On the Finished page press enter to quit.
Step 4 Creating a nessusd certificate:
At the CA certificate life time in days : (enter 1460 then press enter).
At the Server certificate life time in days : (enter 365 then press enter)
At the Your country : (enter uk then press enter)
At the Your state or province name: (just press enter)
At the Your location: (just press enter again)
At the Your organization: (press enter)
Press enter to exit.
Step 5 Add a nessus user:
Authentication (pass/cert) [pass]: pass
Login password: toor
Login password (again): toor
The following msg appears: "Enter the rules for this user, and then hit ctrl-D once you are done: (the user can have an empty rules set)"
Is that ok? (y/n) [y] y
Step 6 Run Nessus
Note: Remember to invoke (#/usr/local/sbin/nessus-update-plugins) periodically to update your list of plugins. :-)