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Re: LANguard vs Nessus
From: <fengjie () pacific net sg>
Date: Wed, 7 May 2003 16:53:33 +0800

I am evaluating LanGuard at this moment.
Nessus I only heard of (many said it's VERY good) but never have hands on. However installation and configuration is 
still a hassle compared with LanGuard.
You only need a workstation plus local administrator right to run LanGuard.
It can scan a range of IP addresses and generate a XML file, which you can filter to generate various reports.
It can deploy patches and I did try it. Quite stealthily, it works fine at the background. You can even choose NOT to 
reboot the machine after the patching so that the user can complete the process when logging on next morning.
I compared the list of patches captured by LanGuard with the list generated by Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 
(MBSA). They are the same. How does LanGuard managed to do that, I noticed it downloaded a .cab file when LanGuard is 
started. Their technical support refer me to a link to read of: http://kbase.gfi.com/showarticle.asp?id=KBID001629.
Their technical support is very helpful. Even for evaluation I have dozens of correspondants with their engineer over 
the phone and emails.
And the price is close to none in a big organization. For US$695, you can scan unlimited number of IP addresses, from 
one installation.
Since my objective is to find something which can satisfy our basic security needs, I have yet to explore more advanced 
features. My colleague once caught someone's machines with trojan running on it by using LanGuard.
Maybe you can advice on how to benchmark a vulnerability scanner because I'm still very new in this field.

Thanks
Eric



From: Magnus Påhlsson <mfp () itn liu se>
Date: Tue 06/05/2003 1:46 PM GMT+08:00
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: LANguard vs Nessus


Greetings.

I've been using Nessus as network (in)security scanner for quite some
time and I'm happy with everything it can do. I am however curious how
LANguard compares to Nessus, what can LANg do that Nessus can't and vice
versa? The obvious difference is that LANg can deploy patches and my
question about that is; does it work and is it safe to use on 500+
computers?

regards,
Magnus



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