Installed Nessus Server and Client on Ubuntu 8.10 64Bit

Saturday, January 31, 2009

I installed Nessus Server and the client on the Ubuntu 8.10 64Bit VM I am running on my Macbook pro. Here is a real basic how-to for installing Nessus server and client on Ubuntu:

Installing Nessus server and client on Ubuntu

1. Open a terminal and type: sudo apt-get update
a. This will update your package libraries.
b. sudo is used to give you administrative access and will prompt you for your password.
c. If you do not want to type sudo for all of the next steps you can do: sudo -s
2. To install Nessus type this in a terminal: sudo apt-get install nessusd nessus nessus-plugins
a. If you get any errors about dependencies you can do: sudo apt-get build-dep
3. sudo update-rc.d nessusd defaults
4. sudo /etc/init.d/nessusd start
5. Go to and obtain an activation code
6. Once you receive the activation code via email type the following in a terminal: sudo nessus-fetch –-register
7. Add a user: sudo nessus-adduser
8. Restart the server: sudo /etc/init.d/nessusd restart
9. Start Nessus client: nessus

This is a very simple install. If you have any questions post them and I can assist case by case and update this tutorial.


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