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    Default Nessus 3.0.6 fresh installation on BT2 final HOWTO

    This HOWTO is based on macamba installation guide (thanks man!) but I have tested it with version FedoraCore 5 (available on Nessus site) and without previous version of nessus installed before.

    - Back|Track needs to be installed on harddisk
    - you should be logged as root.
    - Previous version of Nessus IS NOT REQUIRED

    Step 1:
    Download the following packeges from to /tmp on your harddisk:
    - Nessus-3.0.6-fc5.i386.rpm (server)
    - NessusClient-1.0.2.tar.gz (client source code)
    - nessus-libraries-2.2.10.tar.gz (nessus libs are required)

    Step 2: Install Nessus 3.0.6
    Convert the server packege to .tgz with the following command:
    - cd /tmp
    - rpm2tgz Nessus-3.0.6-fc5.i386.rpm (now you have Nessus-3.0.6-fc5.i386.tgz in /tmp)
    - gzip -d Nessus-3.0.6-fc5.i386.tgz
    - cd / (root dir)
    - tar -xvf /tmp/ Nessus-3.0.6-fc5.i386.tgz

    Step 3: Install NessusClient 1.0.2
    - cd /tmp
    - tar -xvf /tmp/NessusClient-1.0.2.tar.gz
    - cd NessusClient-1.0.2/
    - ./configure
    - make
    - make install (the following message appears " NessusClient has been sucessfully installed")

    Step 4: Install Nessus libraries
    - cd /tmp
    - gzip -d nessus-libraries-2.2.10.tar.gz
    - tar -xvf nessus-libraries-2.2.10.tar
    - cd nessus-libraries-2.2.10
    - ./configure
    - make
    - make install

    Step 5. Copy Nessus lib
    - cp /opt/nessus/lib/* /lib

    Step 6: Configure Nessus
    - check with the $PATH command if "/opt/nessus/bin" and "/opt/nessus/sbin" are configured
    - if not, add manually "/opt/nessus/bin" and "/opt/nessus/sbin" in "/etc/profile" or simply do "PATH=$PATH:/opt/nessus/sbin:/opt/nessus/bin:" (system restart is not required)
    - cp /usr/lib/ /lib
    - cp /usr/lib/ /lib
    - cd /lib
    - /opt/nessus/sbin/nessus-mkcert (this command produce error message that some version of is required – it can be or so.6)
    - “ln”
    - “ln”

    Step 7: Create certificate and user
    - cd /opt/nessus/sbin
    - nessus-mkcert: <enter through>
    - nessus-adduser
    Login : your user
    Authentication (pass/cert) [pass] : pass
    Login password : your password
    Login password (again) : confirm your password
    - the following message appears: "Enter the rules for this user, and hit ctrl-D once you are done : (the user can have an empty rules set)"
    - ctrl-D
    - Is that ok ? (y/n) [y] y

    Step 8: Update plugins
    - go to Nessus site, REGISTER section, then click accept and use your email to get activation code.
    - run '/opt/nessus/etc/nessus/nessus-fetch XXX-YYY-ZZZ-VVV'

    Step 9: Run Nessus
    - nessusd (-D is option to run daemon)
    - NessusClient

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    Senior Member imported_spankdidly's Avatar
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    Feb 2006


    Thanks, A few things were different than the Tutorial, but I figured it out no prob. (like a file ending up TAR instead of tar.gz) So most of the commands are copying and paste (the best kind!) but not all. It helps the learning go faster though!

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    Jul 2007


    Thanks for the tutorial, very helpful. I think that this tutorial should have the few minor errors fixed up and replace the old nessus install tutorial on the howto: section of the wiki.

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    Senior Member imported_spankdidly's Avatar
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    Feb 2006


    Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Can't remember what the problems were now though. I think the directories were off a little. a quick search in BT2 revealed where it was though. I think that was all. Also, I dont believe my Nessus daemon starts when the computer does, I have to manually start it by typing..

    /usr/local/sbin/nessusd -D

    but, I could also be retarded too!

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