How to Install Nessus on Ubuntu 18.04?, How to Install Nessus on Debian 10/9?. In today’s guide, we’ll discuss the process of Installing Nessus on Ubuntu 18.04 / Ubuntu 16.04 / Debian 10/9. Nessus is a proprietary vulnerability assessment tool that works for Mobile and Web applications deployed on Premise or in a cloud environment.
Nessus gives you malware detection, scanning of embedded devices, configurations auditing, control systems auditing and compliance checks among other features. Installing Nessus Scanner on Ubuntu 18.04 / Debian 10/9 is the first step to securing and hardening your Infrastructure and Applications from the “bad guys”.
Install Nessus Scanner on Ubuntu 18.04 / Debian 10/9
Nessus Scanner packages are available on Nessus Downloads page. Confirm the latest Nessus Debian package release before downloading it.
As of this article writing, the available release is
Nessus - 8.2.0 . This is what we’ll download and install.
Install Nessus Scanner on Ubuntu 18.04
For Ubuntu 18.04, the package name I’m using is:
Install it by running:
$ sudo dpkg -i Nessus-8.9.0-ubuntu1110_amd64.deb Selecting previously unselected package nessus. (Reading database ... 105206 files and directories currently installed.) Preparing to unpack Nessus-8.9.0-ubuntu1110_amd64.deb ... Unpacking nessus (8.9.0) ... Setting up nessus (8.9.0) ... Unpacking Nessus Scanner Core Components... - You can start Nessus Scanner by typing /etc/init.d/nessusd start - Then go to https://ubuntu-01:8834/ to configure your scanner Processing triggers for ureadahead (0.100.0-20) ... Processing triggers for systemd (237-3ubuntu10.3) ...
Install Nessus Scanner on Debian 10/9
For Debian 9. downloaded package is named:
Install it with
dep package manager like below:
$ sudo dpkg -i Nessus-8.9.0-debian6_amd64.deb Selecting previously unselected package nessus. (Reading database ... 26870 files and directories currently installed.) Preparing to unpack Nessus-8.9.0-debian6_amd64.deb ... Unpacking nessus (8.9.0) ... Setting up nessus (8.9.0) ... Unpacking Nessus Scanner Core Components... - You can start Nessus Scanner by typing /etc/init.d/nessusd start - Then go to https://deb9:8834/ to configure your scanner Processing triggers for systemd (232-25+deb9u6) ...
Start and enable nessusd service
sudo systemctl start nessusd
Then enable the service to start on boot:
$ sudo systemctl enable nessusd.service
nessusd.service is not a native service, redirecting to systemd-sysv-install.
Executing: /lib/systemd/systemd-sysv-install enable nessusd
Confirm service status using:
$ sudo systemctl status nessusd.service
nessusd.service - LSB: Starts and stops the Nessus
Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/nessusd; generated)
Active: active (running) since Wed 2018-12-12 07:44:59 PST; 1s ago
Process: 2865 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/nessusd start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
Tasks: 10 (limit: 2319)
|-2867 /opt/nessus/sbin/nessus-service -D -q
`-2868 nessusd -q
Dec 12 07:44:59 ubuntu-01 systemd: Starting LSB: Starts and stops the Nessus…
Dec 12 07:44:59 ubuntu-01 nessusd: Starting Nessus : .
Dec 12 07:44:59 ubuntu-01 systemd: Started LSB: Starts and stops the Nessus.
Nessus daemon binds to TCP port
Make sure this port is allowed on firewall if UFW is running:
sudo ufw allow 8834/tcp
Visit your Nessus web interface on https://[IP Address|Hostname]:8834 to finish Nessus installation and activation. Create Nessus Administrator Account on the first page.
Before you can use Nessus, you’ll have to obtain an activation code on https://www.tenable.com/products/nessus/activation-code.
For testing purposes, you can go with the “Nessus Home” license.
The License key will be sent to you on email used for signup. Register your Nessus Scanner with emailed activation code.
The Initializing process should start.
Be informed that this could take some time as Nessus download Plugins and prepare the files needed to scan your assets. When done, login with created admin account.
Nessus default page on login should look similar to below.
You should now have Nessus Scanner installed and configured on Ubuntu 18.04 / Debian 10/9. Our next articles will cover usage of Nessus for scanning different assets in your Infrastructure.
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