Get Nessus for your Backtrack3 Final


Surprisingly, as a glorified Linux distro, Backtrack3 Final, however doesn’t include Nessus, ranking No1 Security Tool on Top 100 Network Security Tools, for unknown reason. Hereby these are the steps to get Nessus working in your Backtrack.

To ensure it works in Slackware, Nessus and NessusClient Fedora Core 8 RPM is recommended. Don’t forget to register and get a activation key on the website, or your nessus won’t get updated.

* Convert them to TGZ :
rpm2tgz Nessus-3.2.x-fc8.i386.rpm
rpm2tgz NessusClient-3.2.x-fc8.i386.rpm

* Install using installpkg
installpkg Nessus-3.2.x-fc8.i386.tgz
installpkg NessusClient-3.2.x-fc8.i386.tgz


cd /opt/
export PATH=$PATH:/opt/nessus/sbin:/opt/nessus/bin:
cp /usr/lib/libssl.so /lib
cp /usr/lib/libcrypto.so /lib
cp /opt/nessus/lib/libnessus.so.3 /lib
cp /opt/nessus/lib/libnessusrx.so.0 /lib
cp /opt/nessus/lib/libpcap-nessus.so.3 /lib
cd /lib
ln libssl.so libssl.so.6
ln libcrypto.so libcrypto.so.6

nano /etc/ld.so.conf
<— add this line to the config file

/opt/nessus/sbin/nessus-adduser <– default user: localuser

Update your plugins. Use the code they emailed to you below.

cd /opt/nessus/etc/nessus
nessus-fetch – -register
XXX-YYY-ZZZ-VVV <– no space between “- -”

Run the Nessus Server:

Launch the GUI Client

Most of the instructions are referred from Installing Nessus on Backtrack 3 Final by Security4all. Thanks for his effort!


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