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Any good sources to learn Nessus..

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hurtl0cker

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Post Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:17 am

Any good sources to learn Nessus..

Hi

Guys.. I am just a newbie into security stuff.. I am trying out few tools like aircrack, kismet.
and coming to the point, could any one please provide me with links or books to learn Nessus, Vulnerability scanner.. I know the documentation is a nice place to start with but still curious to know if there are any good resources that u might wanna share

Thanks in advance.
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Post Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:30 pm

Re: Any good sources to learn Nessus..

Nessus is pretty straight forward to learn, and set up.

1) Run the server
2) Connect to the server
3) Select the scanning policy you want to use, or create your own.
4) Input target, and start the scan.
5) Look at the results.

There is of course, a few settings you may want to look into (just browse through them). Generally it's a quite intuitive interface and easy to learn as well, if you just try it against a local machine on your own network.

About guides or articles, try: SecurityTube, YouTube, or just google for "Nessus guide", or something similar. Your best shot at learning Nessus would probably be, to check out the tool yourself.

IF you want to write addons / plugins, I'd recommend the documentation. Enjoy!  ;)
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Post Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:07 pm

Re: Any good sources to learn Nessus..

I saw awhile back that Tenable offers Nessus training if you wanted to/had the money to go that route.
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millwalll

Post Sun Jul 24, 2011 5:36 pm

Re: Any good sources to learn Nessus..

Hi Hurtl0cker,


Welcome!

The best way I find to learn is to play with it, whats the worst that can happen ? set up a Vm of XP no services packs use Backtrack and just click stuff see what happens. if it break then just roll the vm back.

There are lots useful links to site on setting up a VM lab there are also many good books that have been mentioned before on the forums like

Gray hat hacking
hacking the next generation
web hackers handbook
professional penetration testing
CEH study guide will give you good understanding of the basic stuff
Counter hack reloaded
dissecting the hack the forbidden network
gray hat python

Also what about doing a course like hackingdojo or elearnsecurity
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Post Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:42 pm

Re: Any good sources to learn Nessus..

Jamie.R wrote:There are lots useful links to site on setting up a VM lab there are also many good books that have been mentioned before on the forums like

Gray hat hacking
hacking the next generation
web hackers handbook
professional penetration testing
CEH study guide will give you good understanding of the basic stuff
Counter hack reloaded
dissecting the hack the forbidden network
gray hat python


I think it was even mentioned in The Penetration Testers Open Source Toolkit vol. 2, awesome book, even though some people says it's outdated it's actually still quite good for a good overview, especially for beginners  ;)
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Post Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:37 am

Re: Any good sources to learn Nessus..

Thanks for the guidance guys :)
Started to play with Nessus, as MaXe mentioned it seems like  a pretty straight forward tool..
if  any  problems at all I'll post it here :D .. and yeah I'll try first and then post it here, after  all there is nothing wrong with messing around with stuff  :P .
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