Nessus is a popular and powerful vulnerability scanner that uses a database of known vulnerabilities to assess whether a given system on a network is missing any patches or is vulnerable to known exploits. In this chapter, I’ll show you how to write classes to interact with the Nessus API to automate, configure, and run a vulnerability scan.
Nessus was first developed as an open source vulnerability scanner, but it became closed source in 2005 after being purchased by Tenable Network Security. As of this writing, Tenable offers a seven-day trial of Nessus Professional and a limited version called Nessus Home. The biggest difference ...
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