|Install and activate Nessus on Backtrack 5r3|
Step 1 – Obtaining An Activation Code
Once you have Nessus installed on BackTrack 5, you will need to obtain a Nessus activation code. If you are using Nessus at home or wish to evaluate Nessus, you can register a HomeFeed. It’s important to note that the HomeFeed is limited to 16 IP addresses per scan (whereas the ProfessionalFeed allows you to scan an unlimited number of IP addresses). The ProfessionalFeed also gives you access to features such as Configuration and Sensitive Data Auditing, SCADA plugins, Nessus Technical Support and access to the Tenable Customer Portal.
Step 2 – Activating Nessus
Be certain that your BackTrack 5 installation has access to the Internet and activate Nessus using your newly obtained activation code as follows:
As shown above, this will also initially download the appropriate plugins based on which feed you’ve chosen.
Step 3 – Creating A User Account
Now you will create the initial user account that will be used to login to the Nessus Web Interface:
|Adding User in Nessus|
After you’ve entered a username, the nessus-adduser program asks you if the user account should have admin privileges or not. It is recommended that the initial user account have admin privileges so you can use the Nessus Web Interface to create subsequent accounts. The only difference between a Nessus admin user and a regular user is the ability to create user accounts.
Step 4 – Starting Nessus
Using the supplied startup script, start the Nessus server:
|Starting Nessus on Backtrack|
Step 5 – Accessing the Nessus Web Interface
Once Nessus has been initially started, it will begin to index and compile all of the plugins. This can take some time, depending on the speed of your system. If Nessus is still processing plugins, you may see the following screen when accessing the web interface:
That’s all friends, now enjoy Nessus over Backtrack.