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RE: Question on root credentials for scanning
From: "David Gillett" <gillettdavid () fhda edu>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 12:35:36 -0700

  A scan provides you with a good idea of what kind of "attack surface" you
are presenting to potential attackers.

  IF your concern is to protect against attackers who are either insiders,
or have already compromised your root credentials, then by all means provide
them to the scan process.  But I think that this is not a realistic or
useful stance for *most* organizations.

David Gillett

-----Original Message-----
From: Shobana Narayanaswamy [mailto:snaraya () opnet com]
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2011 08:59
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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