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Nessus Activation Code Installation

Thank you for registering your Nessus subscription! With Nessus 5.2, you can temporarily activate the product during the installation process. For ProfessionalFeed users, this will only serve as a short-term trial. You must activate your Activation Code for the Nessus Subscription from either your Tenable Support Portal account for the ProfessionalFeed or your HomeFeed registration email. You must subscribe to the ProfessionalFeed to use Nessus in a professional environment even if it is not directly for commercial purposes. This includes scanning your desktop at work or a home computer that is used for business purposes. Please review the Subscription Agreement for more details on the type of subscription for which you are qualified. Note that you can only use your Activation Code for one scanner, unless the scanners are managed by the SecurityCenter. As of Nessus 5, scanner activation is performed through a web interface during the installation process.

Note that, by default, Nessus will attempt to update its plugins every 24 hours after you have registered it. If you do not want such an update attempted, edit the “auto_update” setting to “no” under Configuration -> Advanced within the Nessus GUI.

rc. use the following procedure to register and update plugins: On the system running Nessus.rc # /Library/Nessus/run/bin/nessus-fetch --register-offline /Library/Nessus/run/etc/nessus/nessus-fetch. Copy this file to the host running Nessus in the appropriate directory: Platform Linux FreeBSD Mac OS X Windows Directory # /opt/nessus/etc/nessus/ # /usr/local/nessus/etc/nessus # /Library/Nessus/run/etc/nessus C:\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus\conf Once the nessus-fetch. type the following command: Platform Linux FreeBSD Mac OS X Windows Command to Run # /opt/nessus/bin/nessus-fetch –-challenge # /usr/local/nessus/bin/nessus-fetch –-challenge # /Library/Nessus/run/bin/nessus-fetch --challenge C:\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus>nessus-fetch --challenge This will produce a string called “challenge” that looks similar to following: 569ccd9ac72ab3a62a3115a945ef8e710c0d73b8 Next.php and paste the “challenge” string as well as the Activation Code that you received previously into the appropriate text boxes.nessus.org/offline.rc file has been copied. run the nessus-fetch command to install the file: Platform Linux FreeBSD Mac OS X Windows Directory # /opt/nessus/bin/nessus-fetch --register-offline /opt/nessus/etc/nessus/nessus-fetch. it will produce a file called nessus-fetch.rc C:\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus>nessus-fetch.rc # /usr/local/nessus/bin/nessus-fetch --register-offline /usr/local/nessus/etc/nessus/nessus-fetch.rc" 2 .Nessus without Internet Access If your Nessus installation cannot reach the Internet directly. Save this URL because you will use it every time you update your plugins. In addition. This will produce a URL that will give you direct access to the Nessus plugin feed. go to https://plugins.exe --register-offline "C:\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus\conf\nessus-fetch.

0.tar. To reset your code from your Tenable Support Portal account.0. feel free to request help using email support from the Tenable Support Portal.0. or review the Nessus documentation. Please refer to the SecurityCenter documentation for the configuration of a centralized plugin feed for multiple Nessus scanners. Nessus needs to be configured appropriately to communicate with SecurityCenter. The Tenable Network Security Team 3 . the Activation Code and plugin updates are managed from SecurityCenter. If you have any questions. Copy the file to the Nessus scanner system and then type the appropriate command for your platform: Platform Linux FreeBSD Mac OS X Windows Command # /opt/nessus/sbin/nessus-update-plugins all-2. go to “Activation Codes”.tar. software upgrade. When performing the installation of the Nessus scanner. and then click on “x” under the reset column for the code you want to reset. post a question to the Nessus Discussion Forums.tar. If you are using a HomeFeed.gz # /Library/Nessus/run/sbin/nessus-update-plugins all-2. you will need to re-register your scanner to receive plugins. when prompted for the Plugin Feed Registration noted above. Once your code has been reset.gz Resetting Activation Code If for some reason you receive an error (such as “Code in Use”) regarding your Activation Code through the Nessus scanner (perhaps caused by a hardware crash.0.g. all-2. moving the scanner to a new host.2 Installation and Configuration Guide for more information. you will have to register for and obtain a new activation code. enter ‘SecurityCenter’ as your Activation Code.gz # /usr/local/nessus/sbin/nessus-update-plugins all-2.gz C:\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus>nessus-update-plugins all-2. Here.tar.tar. Using Nessus with the SecurityCenter If you are using Tenable’s SecurityCenter. Read more about Tenable Support Portal features here. you will receive a TAR file (e.0.You can obtain the newest plugins by going to the URL that was provided in the previous step. click on “+” to display the Activation Code. Please view the Nessus 5. or installation difficulties).gz).. you can reset your ProfessionalFeed Activation Code from your Tenable Support Portal account. Best Regards.

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