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RE: Question on root credentials for scanning
From: "Mikhail A. Utin" <mutin () commonwealthcare org>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:11:06 -0400

You would need to be more specific to get info you are looking for.
If you use Nmap, yes you need to start it under root (Linux/Unix) account. Use nmapfe, and will learn faster. Plus, it 
will warn you about the account.
If you mean vulnerability scanners, for Windows OS you need domain admin level account to get "inside" your network 
Windows hosts.

Mikhail A. Utin, CISSP
Information Security Analyst

-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com] On Behalf Of Shobana Narayanaswamy
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2011 11:59 AM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Question on root credentials for scanning

Hi:

I am a newbie to security and scanning. Here is my question:

Do you generally need root credentials in order for the scan to produce detailed results? When I run a scan without 
root credentials, it comes up very little info. However, when I supply root credentials, I get several useful reports. 
It appears that the scanner detects the OS version and other s/w component versions only if it is provided root access.

Thanks


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