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BackTrack 5 Cookbook by David De Smet, Willie Pritchett

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Nessus – finding Windows-specific 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 explore how to find Windows-specific vulnerabilities using Nessus. These are vulnerabilities specific to the machines that run Windows on our network.

Getting ready

To complete this recipe, you will need a virtual machine(s) to test against:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows 7

How to do it...

Let's begin the process of finding Windows-specific vulnerabilities with Nessus by opening the Mozilla Firefox web browser:

  1. Log in to Nessus at http://127.0.0.1:8834 ...

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