Anyone using nessus?


I am using nessus to evaluate the security of a web server. I have started up the nessus daemon on the server, heres the netstat output:

Active Internet connections (only servers)                                                                              
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address         State       PID/Program name                        
tcp        0      0 *:ldap                  *:*                     LISTEN      3565/slapd                              
tcp        0      0 *:mysql                 *:*                     LISTEN      4026/mysqld                             
tcp        0      0 *:pop3                  *:*                     LISTEN      3584/xinetd                             
tcp        0      0 *:sunrpc                *:*                     LISTEN      3463/portmap                            
tcp        0      0 *:www-http              *:*                     LISTEN      13855/httpd2-prefor                     
tcp        0      0 *:ssh                   *:*                     LISTEN      3577/sshd                               
tcp        0      0 *:nessus                *:*                     LISTEN      6118/nessusd: waiti                     
tcp        0      0 *:smtp                  *:*                     LISTEN      3636/master                             
tcp        0      0 *:https                 *:*                     LISTEN      13855/httpd2-prefor
udp        0      0 *:sunrpc                *:*                                 3463/portmap

It’s listening on the default nessus port 9390. I am trying to connect to the nessus server instance using Open-VAS Client. I have generated the client and server certificates, I have pointed the client at the User Certificate File, the User Key File and I have a CA cert. I have created a user account on the nessus server. The problem is that when I try and log in from the Open-VAS client it keeps saying it can’t connect. Is there anywhere I can check to see if it’s being caught in a firewall, or where I can see if the connection is even making it to the server…


try turning off the firewall for a few seconds…

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Easy to test the connection without going any further with:
telnet <name-or-IP> 9390

Thanks everyone for their replies…

I tried telnet and it came back with:

Could not open connection to the host, on port 9390: Connect failed

I don’t think I have an OpenSuse firewall… my service provider told me that I was already behind a firewall, so there was no need to enable one. I’ll try telnet from localhost and if that works it must be getting caught by the firewall


Better check the firewall. In openSUSE it is on by default, thus if you did not disable it, it is still on. Look in YaST > Security and Users > Firewall.