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Kali Linux Network Scanning Cookbook by Justin Hutchens

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Vulnerability scanning with Nessus

Nessus is one of the most powerful and comprehensive vulnerability scanners available. By targeting a system or group of systems, Nessus will automatically scan for a large range of vulnerabilities on all identifiable services. Once scan policies have been configured to define the configurations for the Nessus scanner, the scan policy can be used to execute scans on remote targets for evaluation. This recipe will explain how to perform vulnerability scanning with Nessus.

Getting ready

To perform vulnerability scanning with Nessus, one must first have a functional copy of Nessus installed on the Kali Linux penetration testing platform. Because Nessus is a licensed product, it does not come installed by default in ...

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