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RE: Question on root credentials for scanning
From: "Hung Lee" <hlee () xogrp com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011 16:09:37 -0400

I believe that Shobana is referring to the fundamental difference
between network-based scanning vs. host-based scanning.

Think of it this way - You go to a doctor and ask him "Tell me if I have
cancer just by looking at me, and don't take any blood samples or stuff
like that b/c that's too intrusive."  The doctor will probably look at
you like you're crazy.  Same thing with network-based scanning vs.
host-based scanning.  This is what Mikhail meant by "inside" your hosts.
This principle also applies to firewalls, ESX/ESXi hosts, and for that
matter, any server (physical or virtual) and network appliances.

Hope this clarifies.  

-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com]
On Behalf Of Mikhail A. Utin
Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2011 2:11 PM
To: Shobana Narayanaswamy; security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: Question on root credentials for scanning

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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