Using Nessus in Kali Linux / Backtrack To Scan For Vulnerabilities | How To

Read my Post on Setting up on Nessus, if you haven’t got it set up yet.

After logging into Nessus, go to

‘Scans’ -> ‘Create new scan’

Here, give a name to the scan (I usually use current Date).

Run now (or schedule scan for later).

Type of scan -> Select Internal network scan for local scan

Give it a host address ( or a host-range ( or a host list file.

Go ahead and initiate the scan and wait while it populates the vulnerabilities present in scanned hosts.

It can give you a hosts summary in this manner:

Or, you can arrange the vulnerabilities by decreasing priority:

After the Scan, move to the ‘Results’ Page:

You also ‘Export’ the result in various formats like .nessus or PDF or HTML :

Logout of Nessus after you are done.

Pranshu Bajpai
Pranshu Bajpai
Principal Security Architect

Pranshu Bajpai, PhD, is a principle security architect..