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Re: What can a Remote Vulnerability Scanner do in Future?
From: "Aaron" <microchp () microchp org>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2006 14:01:46 -0800

Nessus can do local checks on windows/unix from remote. nessus.org.

Dont let the good looking web site scare you either. It is still free afaik.



On Mon, 13 Feb 2006 10:16:22 +1100 (EST)
 Tim Nelson <security () webalive biz> wrote:
On Mon, 6 Feb 2006, Alice Bryson wrote:

Eeye scanner could not do remote local check too. So I am consider what can Remote Vulnerability Scanner do? Will this thing disappear in
the future?

Scan for remote vulnerabilities. Scanning for local vulnerabilities can obviously only be done locally.

Basically you need to have a remote access method before you can do anything remotely. It might be useful to get a windows version of sshd or cfengine. Another possibility would be to make the local scanner executable available on the network, and then have each machine individually download it and run it locally.

Basically, to check for local vulnerabilities, you need:
1.      A deployment process (hopefully simple)
2.      An execution process

This is exactly what cfengine was designed to solve in the Unix world.

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