Nessus Network Auditing: Jay Beale Open Source Security Series

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Overview

This book focuses on installing, configuring and optimizing Nessus, which is a remote security scanner for Linux, BSD, Solaris, and other Unices. It is plug-in-based, has a GTK interface, and performs over 1200 remote security checks. It allows for reports to be generated in HTML, XML, LaTeX, and ASCII text, and suggests solutions for security problems. As with many open source programs, Nessus is incredibly popular, incredibly powerful, and incredibly under-documented. There are many Web sites (including nessus.org) where thousands of users congregate to share tips, tricks, and hints, yet no single, comprehensive resource exists. This book, written by Nessus lead developers, will document all facets of deploying Nessus on a production network.

• Nessus is the premier Open Source vulnerability assessment tool, and was recently voted the "most popular" open source security tool of any kind.

• This is the first book available on Nessus and it is written by the world's premier Nessus developers led by the creator of Nessus, Renaud Deraison.

• The dramatic success of Syngress' SNORT 2.0 INTRUSION DETECTION clearly illustrates the strong demand for books that offer comprehensive documentation of Open Source security tools that are otherwise Undocumented.

This book focuses on installing, configuring and optimizing Nessus, which is a remote security scanner for Linux, BSD, Solaris, and other Unices. It is plug-in-based, has a GTK interface, and performs over 1200 remote security checks. It allows for reports to be generated in HTML, XML, LaTeX, and ASCII text, and suggests solutions for security problems. As with many open source programs, Nessus is incredibly popular, incredibly powerful, and incredibly under-documented. There are many Web sites (including nessus.org) where thousands of users congregate to share tips, tricks, and hints, yet no single, comprehensive resource exists. This book, written by Nessus lead developers, will document all facets of deploying Nessus on a production network. Nessus is the premier Open Source vulnerability assessment tool, and was recently voted the "most popular" open source security tool of any kind. This is the first book available on Nessus and it is written by the world's premier Nessus developers led by the creator of Nessus, Renaud Deraison. The dramatic success of Syngress' SNORT 2.0 INTRUSION DETECTION clearly illustrates the strong demand for books that offer comprehensive documentation of Open Source security tools that are otherwise Undocumented

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931836081
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 8/3/2004
  • Series: Jay Beale's Open Source Security
  • Edition description: CD-ROM Included
  • Pages: 550
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Russ is a co-founder, CEO, CTO and Principal Security Consultant for Security Horizon, Inc. Russ is a United States Air Force Veteran and has served in military and contract support for the National Security Agency and the Defense Information Systems Agency. Russ is also the editor-in-chief of "The Security Journal." He also serves as the Professor of Network Security at the University of Advancing Technology (uat.edu) in Tempe, AZ. Russ is the author of Hacking a Terror Network: The Silent Threat of Covert Channels (Syngress, ISBN 1-928994-98-9). He has contributed to many books including Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent (Syngress, ISBN: 1-931836-05-1), Security Assessment: Case Studies for Implementing the NSA IAM (Syngress, ISBN 1-932266-96-8), WarDriving, Drive, Detect, Defend: A Guide to Wireless Security (Syngress, ISBN: 1-931836-03-5) and SSCP Study Guide and DVD Training System (Syngress, ISBN: 1-931846-80-9). He is also a co-founder of the Security Tribe information security research web site at securitytribe.com.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Chapter 1: Vulnerability Assessment
Chapter 2: Introducing Nessus
Chapter 3: Installing Nessus
Chapter 4: Running Your First Scan
Chapter 5: Interpreting Results
Chapter 6: Vulnerability Types
Chapter 7: False Positives
Chapter 8: Under the Hood
Chapter 9: The Nessus Knowledge Base
Chapter 10: Enterprise Scanning
Chapter 11: NASL
Chapter 12: The Nessus User Community
Appendix A: The NASL2 Reference Manual
Appendix B: Utilizing Domain Credentials to Enhance Nessus Scans
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2004

    a MUST read for all IT Security Engineers

    I must admit, as a Nessus user for many many years now, I was excited to hear that a publication was finally becoming available on Nessus (isn't one astonished of how many actual Cisco/Microsoft/Java books exist). However, I was 'pensive at best' when it came to actually purchasing a book that 'appeared' to simply convey how to install/configure/run this award-winning IT Security tool. To my pleasant surprise, the very evening I purchased the book, I found myself unable to put this book down, and in fact, stayed up nearly all night reading the entire thing. My overall rating? The best investment I'd spent for an IT Security book in several years. Hands down! Thankfully, only about 1/3 of the book is spent on install/configure/running the product, the other 2/3rds of the publication convey keen insights surrounding the ins and outs of vulnerability assessments. I submit that all IT Security Engineers should spent the money and time gaining 'keen insights and perspectives' of Renaud Deraison, unquestionably a pioneer in the history of IT Security. True, a vulnerability assessment is only one (yet key) piece of the entire 'Security Puzzle', nevertheless, if your job carries the title CISSP/CISM, and you're involved with IT Security (regardless of whether or not your vulnerability assessment tool du jour is Nessus or not) your understanding surrounding vulnerability assessments isn't complete til you've peered into the 'Mind's eye' of Mr. Deraison. Clearly, in the annals of IT Security, history will render him a Pioneer in the journey of protecting an organizations IT assets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2004

    thorough descriptions

    For network security, there has been a proliferation of tools to aid the harassed sysadmin. Prominent amongst these is Nessus, which, given its origin in 1998, is somewhat of a veteran in this field. The book's first chapter is a very articulate and concise overview of vulnerability assessment, and independent of specific tools like Nessus. But moving onto Nessus, you get a detailed user's manual. From running it to interpreting the results. The latter can be tricky. The book tries to give you some appreciation of the limitations of Nessus and of the assumptions that it might implicitly make about your network and machines. It turns out that to use it well, you need good familiarity with your network. Like its topology and any perculiarities of the machines. For example, do you have a program running on one machine that regularly probes the others, for whatever reason? And are you aware of the patch status of the machines? Nessus can help you with detecting such things. But it won't hurt to know as much, a priori. Don't ignore the chapter on the world wide user community. It can be a vital resource if you end up using Nessus.

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