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Nessus 990201 released

Jan 31, 1999, 18:36 (0 Talkback[s])

"The Nessus project aims to provide the internet community a free, open-sourced and easy-to-use security auditing tool. The Nessus project was started by Renaud Deraison and the first version was released to the public on the 4th April 1998."

"Nessus is free because most societies/universities practically ignore their network security issues out of fear that it would cost too much to fix. They don't know if it would be worth paying a security expert to audit their network. By not paying attention to security, those societies/universities are subject to the actions of darkside hackers, and the results are usually quite upsetting..."

"Nessus is open-sourced primarily because such a sensitive program could be suspected to be a Trojan horse and to promote volunteer efforts at improving and adding features."

"Nessus is easy-to-use because computer security is not an easy thing. Thus, the Nessus project provides a simple interface which clearly highlights the security holes."

Features of this release:

  • over 180 security checks
  • ciphered layer between the client and the server
  • GTK 1.1 compatibility for the Unix client
  • numerous bugs checks.

Visit the Nessus Web site.