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Network Scanning Cookbook

By : Sairam Jetty
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Network Scanning Cookbook

By: Sairam Jetty

Overview of this book

Network scanning is a discipline of network security that identifies active hosts on networks and determining whether there are any vulnerabilities that could be exploited. Nessus and Nmap are among the top tools that enable you to scan your network for vulnerabilities and open ports, which can be used as back doors into a network. Network Scanning Cookbook contains recipes for configuring these tools in your infrastructure that get you started with scanning ports, services, and devices in your network. As you progress through the chapters, you will learn how to carry out various key scanning tasks, such as firewall detection, OS detection, and access management, and will look at problems related to vulnerability scanning and exploitation in the network. The book also contains recipes for assessing remote services and the security risks that they bring to a network infrastructure. By the end of the book, you will be familiar with industry-grade tools for network scanning, and techniques for vulnerability scanning and network protection.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)

Performing a web application scan

Nessus also supports web application scans. This can be used to audit and identify vulnerabilities in web applications.

Nessus plugins are effective enough to identify critical vulnerabilities from the OWASP Top 10. Nessus provides options for the user to provide authentication details in order to perform a detailed scan and report various vulnerabilities. As a part of web application tests, Nessus also scans for vulnerabilities in application servers, web servers, and databases; that is, end-to-end vulnerability scanning.

Getting ready

The Getting ready section for this recipe is same as the Getting ready section of the Selecting a compliance scan policy section. This recipe will also require...