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(NESSUS: Lesson 2)

{ Install Nessus on BackTrack 5R1 }

Section 0. Background Information
  1. What is NESSUS?
    • Tenable Network Security provides enterprise-class solutions for continuous monitoring and visibility of vulnerabilities, configurations, user activity and system events that impact security and compliance.

    • Nessus features high-speed discovery, configuration auditing, asset profiling, sensitive data discovery and vulnerability analysis of your security posture

  2. Pre-Requisite
  3. Lab Notes
    • In this lab we will do the following:
      1. Install Nessus.
      2. Start the Nessus service
      3. Configure Nessus certificate
      4. Login Nessus

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Section 1: Login to BackTrack
  1. Start Up VMWare Player
    • Instructions:
      1. Click the Start Button
      2. Type Vmplayer in the search box
      3. Click on Vmplayer


  2. Open a Virtual Machine
    • Instructions:
      1. Click on Open a Virtual Machine


  3. Open the BackTrack5R1 VM
    • Instructions:
      1. Navigate to where the BackTrack5R1 VM is located
      2. Click on on the BackTrack5R1 VM
      3. Click on the Open Button


  4. Edit the BackTrack5R1 VM
    • Instructions:
      1. Select BackTrack5R1 VM
      2. Click Edit virtual machine settings


  5. Edit Virtual Machine Settings
    • Instructions:
      1. Click on Network Adapter
      2. Click on the Bridged Radio button
      3. Click on the OK Button


  6. Play the BackTrack5R1 VM
    • Instructions:
      1. Click on the BackTrack5R1 VM
      2. Click on Play virtual machine


  7. Login to BackTrack
    • Instructions:
      1. Login: root
      2. Password: toor or <whatever you changed it to>.


  8. Bring up the GNOME
    • Instructions:
      1. Type startx


Section 2: Bring up a console terminal
  1. Start up a terminal window
    • Instructions:
      1. Click on the Terminal Window


  2. Obtain the IP Address
    • Instructions:
      1. ifconfig -a
    • Note(FYI):
      • My IP address
      • In your case, it will probably be different.


Section 3: Create Duplicate Firefox Instance
  1. Create Duplicate Firefox Instance
    • Note(FYI):
      • Nessus 6.x.x and higher no longer runs on Firefox 5.0.1 that comes with BackTrack5R1.
      • Since many subsequent lesson screenshots are taken with Firefox 5.0.1, we will create a duplicate instance of Firefox that will we upgrade to an compatible version for Nessus.


  2. Create Duplicate Firefox Instance
    • Instructions:
      1. cd /root
      2. wget
      3. tar -xjvf firefox*.tar.bz2
    • Note(FYI):
      • Command #1, Use the (cd) to navigate to the (/root) directory.
      • Command #2, Use wget download the (firefox-45.0.2.tar.bz2) zip file to the (/root) directory. 
      • Command #3, Use (tar) to unzip the (firefox-45.0.2.tar.bz2) zip, where (x) stands for extract, (j) stands for bzip2, (v) in verbose mode and (f) specifies the target zip file.


  3. Launch Firefox
    • Instructions:
      1. cd firefox
      2. ./firefox &
    • Note(FYI):
      • Command #1, Navigate to the new firefox directory.
      • Command #2, Launch firefox in background mode using (&).


  4. Select Your Add-ons (Part 1)
    • Instructions:
      1. Check the NoScript Checkbox
      2. Check the Tamper Data Checkbox
      3. Click the Next Button
    • Note(FYI):
      • Command #1 &2, The Firefox detected pre-existing plugins in the (/root) user home directory, and therefore will try to add those plugins.


  5. Select Your Add-ons (Part 2)
    • Instructions:
      1. Click the Done Button


  6. Add Menu Bar
    • Instructions:
      1. Right Click on Black Bar
      2. Click the Menu Bar
    • Note(FYI):
      • Command #2, This will add the menu bar to Firefox.


  7. Verify Firefox Version
    • Instructions:
      1. Verify Firefox is at 45.0.2
      2. Click the X to close the "About Mozilla Firefox" window


Section 4: Download Nessus
  1. Download Nessus
    • Instructions:
      1. cd /var/tmp
      2. wget
    • Note(FYI):
      1. If (Nessus-6.10.9) is not the latest version, you can retrieve the latest Nessus version from the following website
Section 5: Install Nessus
  1. Install Nessus
    • Instructions
      1. cd /var/tmp
      2. ls -l Nessus*
      3. dpkg -i Nessus*
    • Notes
      • #1, Change Directory (cd) into the (/var/tmp) directory.
      • #2, Use (ls -l) to long list the details of the Nessus package.
      • #3, Use (dpkg -i) to install the Nessus package. 
      • For steps #2 and #3 I am using a the wildcard(*) just encase the version changes.


  2. Start Nessus
    • Instructions
      1. /etc/init.d/nessusd start
      2. ps -eaf | grep -v grep | grep nessusd
      3. netstat -naop | grep -i 8834
    • Notes
      • #1, The script (/etc/init.d/nessusd) provides the ability to start, stop and restart the Nessus Application.
      • #2, Use the process (ps) command to display all (-eaf) running processes.  Use (grep -v grep) to ignore (-v) any lines that contain the actual grep process.  Use (grep nessusd) to display only lines that contain the (nessusd) process.
      • #3, Use (netstat) to display all (-a) numeric (-n) network connections and list timers (-o) and process IDs (-p).


Section 6: Obtain Nessus Activation Code
  1. Start Duplicate Firefox Instance
    • Instructions:
      1. cd /root/firefox/
      2. ./firefox &


  2. Obtain Registration Code
    • Instructions:
      1. Place the following URL into Firefox
      2. Supply First Name
      3. Supply Last Name
      4. Supply Email
      5. Click the Register Button


  3. Thank You For Registering
    • Note(FYI):
      1. You will receive an email from Nessus containing your registration Key.


Section 7: Registered Nessus
  1. Initial Access to the Nessus Application
    • Instructions:
      1. Place the following URL into Firefox
      2. Click on the I Understand the Risks twistie
      3. Click the Add Exception Button
      4. Click the Confirm Security Exception Button
    • Note(FYI):
      • You are receiving this message because Nessus uses a self-signed certificate that is required for the HTTPS protocol. 
      • In other circumstance, it is would be in your best interest to not proceed.


  2. Welcome to Nessus
    • Instructions:
      1. Click the Continue Button


  3. Nessus Account Setup
    • Instructions:
      1. Username: admin
      2. Password: Supply Password
      3. Confirm Password
      4. Click the Continue Button


  4. Nessus Registration
    • Instructions:
      1. Registration: Nessus (Home, Professional or Manager)
      2. Activation Code: Paste Activation Code
      3. Click the Continue Button
    • Note(FYI):
      • #2, The Activation Code should have been sent to your email address that you supplied earlier.


  5. Nessus Downloading Updates
    • Note(FYI):
      1. It will take between 30 to 60 minutes for the download to complete.


  6. Nessus Initialization
    • Note(FYI):
      1. It will take between 60 to 120 minutes for the initialization to complete.


Section 8: Login to Nessus
  1. Login To Nessus
    • Instructions:
      1. Login: admin
      2. Password: Supply Password
      3. Click the Sign In Button


  2. Nessus Menu
    • Note(FYI):
      1. Below is the Nessus Menu
      2. Do not click Sign Out -or- Close the Browser until you complete the Proof of Lab.


Section 9: Proof of Lab
  1. Start up a terminal window
    • Instructions:
      1. Click on the Terminal Window


  2. Proof of Lab
    • Instructions
      1. dpkg -p nessus
      2. netstat -nao | grep 8834 | grep -v grep
      3. date
      4. echo "Your Name"
        • Put in your actual name in place of "Your Name"
        • e.g., echo "John Gray"
      5. date
    • Proof Of Lab Instructions:
      1. Press the PrtScn key
      2. Paste into a word document
      3. Upload to Moodle


Section 10: Log Out of Nessus
  1. Logout of Nessus
    • Instructions:
      1. Click on admin
      2. Click Sign Out


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