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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)

Understanding Nessus outputs

Nessus is more of an enterprise-aligned tool. The reporting is more comprehensive and user-friendly. Nessus provides document and structure-based reporting. These reports can be exported by selecting the format required in the Export drop-down in the top-right corner of the Scans result page:

Here, we will go over the reporting formats that are supported by Nessus.


This format allows the user to import the results in .nessus format. This is a format that can only be parsed using Nessus. It allows users to download the scan results and later import the same into Nessus for any type of analysis to be performed.