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How to install Tenable Nessus on the Pwn Pro or Pwn Pro Plus

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2019 09:03AM EST
For customers who would like to install Tenable Nessus on the Pwn Pro and/or Pwn Pro Plus sensor, please perform the following steps:

  1. Use SSH and login to the sensor with the pwnie user account.
  2. Next, type sudo su and press Enter, then re-type the password to become superuser.
  3. Next, ensure the sensor is capable of acquiring updates, is up-to-date and running the latest Pwnix Release. See support articles if necessary.
  4. Next, download the latest “Debian 6, 7, 8, 9 / Kali Linux 1, 2017.3 AMD64” installation package of Tenable Nessus from

    Note: If you are unable to download the file directly to the Pwn Pro, transfer the installer .deb file using a USB stick, SCP, WinSCP, or other file transfer methods available to you.
  5. On the sensor change directories to where the installer .deb file is located.
  6. Next, type dpkg -i Nessus-<version number>-debian6_amd64.deb and press Enter to install Nessus, replacing <version number> with what is relevant to the downloaded installation package.
  7. Upon completion of the installation process, type systemctl start nessusd and press Enter to start the Nessus server service.

    IMPORTANT: The Nessus service is not configured to automatically start if the sensor is rebooted. If the Pwn Pro is rebooted the Nessus server must be manually restarted afterward.
  8. Next, open a web browser on another system in the same network to connect to the Nessus server, via https://x.x.x.x:8834  replacing x.x.x.x with the IP address assigned to the sensor.
  9. Once connected to the Nessus UI, create a user account, specify a password and provide the Activation Code you received from Tenable.
  10. Afterward, configure and use Nessus as desired.

    IMPORTANT: Pwnie Express is *not* responsible for the use and support of Tenable Nessus. Please contact Tenable if there are questions involving its use. Additionally be aware the use of a vulnerability scanner can be extremely resource intensive involving CPU, physical memory and drive space that can have a negative impact on other functionality on the sensor.


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