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Re: Question on root credentials for scanning
From: "Sandeep Cheema " <51l3n7 () live in>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011 03:06:23 +0000

It's true that more vulnerabilities will be discovered if you provide authentication. Root will have better results 
esp. for local vulnerabilities. But for O.S. That should not be the case. Banner grabbing of the O.S. does not need 
authentication.
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-----Original Message-----
From: Shobana Narayanaswamy <snaraya () opnet com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:59:17 
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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