Chapter 1. The Inner Workings of NASL (Nessus Attack Scripting Language)

Introduction

One of the most attractive attributes of Nessus is the simplicity of creating custom extensions (or plugins) to be run with the Nessus engine. This benefit is gained via the specialized language NASL (Nessus Attack Scripting Language). NASL supplies the infrastructure to write network-based scripts without the need to implement the underlying protocols. As NASL does not need to compile, plugins can be run at once, and development is fast. After understanding these benefits, it should be an easy decision to write your next network-based script using NASL. ...

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