how to install nessus software

Swapnil Jain swapnil at
Fri Feb 26 05:48:27 UTC 2010

sudo apt-get install nessusd nessus nessus-plugins

Please run /opt/nessus/sbin/nessus-adduser to add a user 

Register your Nessus scanner at to obtain all the newest plugins

You can start nessusd by typing /etc/init.d/nessusd start

also read the man page for nessus-adduser. 

Login : admin
Authentication (pass/cert) : [pass]
Login password :
Login password (again) :
Do you want this user to be a Nessus ‘admin’ user ? (can upload plugins, etc…) (y/n) [n]: y

User rules

nessusd has a rules system which allows you to restrict the hosts that admin has the right to test. For instance, you may want him to be able to scan his own host only.
Please see the nessus-adduser manual for the rules syntax

Enter the rules for this user, and enter a BLANK LINE once you are done :
(the user can have an empty rules set)
Login : admin
Password : ***********
This user will have ‘admin’ privileges within the Nessus server
Rules :
Is that ok ? (y/n) [y] y
User added

Register for home feed.
/opt/nessus/bin/nessus-fetch –register xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxx
/etc/init.d/nessusd start

To run Nessus from the command line you use an option “q” that is for batch mode. This allows running from a terminal and without the GUI interface to the client. Handy if you would like to script or automate your scans. Using batch mode the IP’s that are to be scanned are read from a file.

echo “″ >> iptoscan.txt

/opt/nessus/bin/nessus -q 1241 admin password iptoscan.txt scanresults2.html -T htm

replace password with the admin password you chose when you created the user using nessus-adduser.


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On 26-Feb-2010, at 11:04 AM, jiten jha wrote:

> Hello Friends,
> I want to run nessus software in my ubuntu 9.04 desktop how to run it . 
> i run apt-get install nessus command .
> after that how to use it . how it is work for me.
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> Regards
> Jitendra Jha
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