Software Update: Nessus 2.2.0

The Nessus Project is further developing Nessus, a security scanner that can scan a network for known exploits and open services. Please note that the program may only be used if you have permission to check the security of the network. The list of exploits and open services is very large and can be expanded further with your own written scripts. The package runs on most Posix systems including MacOS X, FreeBSD, Linux, and Solaris, among others. Recently, version 2.2.0 has been released and declared stable with the following changelog:

Nessus 2.2.0 has been released. Nessus 2.2.0 is considered as being stable and brings a lot of improvements over older versions. Upgrading is strongly recommended.

What is new in Nessus 2.2, compared to 2.0:

  • Local security checks over SSH: Nessus can now log into the remote hosts to determine their patch levels and missing updates
  • A rewritten internal knowledge base API : the new knowledge base API makes KB access faster and lets the plugins store any amount of data
  • An improved internal communication between the various nessusd processes, thus reducing the overhead it takes to handle the results of the plugins and pass them to the client
  • An improved plugin scheduler which reduces the time Nessus needs to organize the order in which plugins should be launched
  • Sensitive scripts (which can execute commands over SSH) are cryptographically signed

Version number 2.2.0
Operating systems Linux, BSD, macOS, Solaris, UNIX
Website The Nessus Project
License type Conditions (GNU/BSD/etc.)