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BackTrack 5 Cookbook by David De Smet, Willie Pritchett

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Nessus – finding local vulnerabilities

Now that we have Nessus installed and configured, we will be able to begin the testing of our first set of vulnerabilities. Nessus allows us to attack a wide range of vulnerabilities depending on our feed, and we will confine our list of assessing the vulnerabilities of our target to those specific to the type of information we seek to gain from the assessment. In this recipe, we will begin by finding local vulnerabilities. These are vulnerabilities specific to the operating system we are using.

Getting ready

To complete this recipe, you will be testing your local system (BackTrack 5):

  • Windows XP
  • Windows 7
  • Metasploitable 2
  • Any other flavor of Linux

How to do it...

Let's begin the process of finding local vulnerabilities ...

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