Install Nessus on BackTrack

First we need to download Nessus and NessusClient Ubuntu 8.10 packages from


Install the Nessus Packages:

root@bt:~# dpkg -i Nessus-4.0.0-ubuntu810_i386.deb
Installing NessusClient is more complicated than installing Nessus Server so we need to download and install some dependencies first.
root@bt:~# apt-get install libqt4-core libqt4-gui libqtcore4 libqt4-network libqt4-script libqt4-xml libqt4-dbus libqt4-test libqtgui4 libqt4-svg libqt4-opengl libqt4-designer libqt4-assistant
root@bt:~# dpkg -i NessusClient-4.0.0-ubuntu810_i386.deb

Now we need to configure Nessus Server:

Make the certificates

Register the scannerĀ here.
/opt/nessus/bin/nessus-fetch –register XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX

Create a Nessus User

Start Nessus Server
/etc/init.d/nessusd start

Start Nessus Client
Backtrack -> Internet -> NessusClient or from CLI: /opt/nessus/bin/NessusClient

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