Software update: Nessus 8.1.0

Dec

13

2018

Nessus is a security scanner that can scan a network for known exploits and outstanding services. Results can then be displayed in various reports . The software can also be integrated with other packages, such as CyberArk for credential management and mdm software from Microsoft, Apple, MobileIron and AirWatch. Nessus is published in three different flavors: the free to use Home edition, and the paid Professional and Manager editions. Tenable has released Nessus 8.1.0 with the following adjustments:

New Features

The following are included in the Ness 8.1.0 Release:
Dynamic Scan Policies – You can scan your client’s environment for vulnerabilities with a specific type of behavior. In the past, with each plugin release, users would have to add each of these plugins to their policy manually. Now, using Dynamic Scan Policies, users can build a scan by creating a specific filter, eg, all exploitable, and incorporating the filter into the scan policy. By using these filters with your scan policies, new plugins that match the filter are automatically added to the policy.
Revamped Advanced Settings Page – Improved the Advanced Settings UI to allow for a more straightforward view of these advanced controls.
Remote Log Extraction – Troubleshooting scans and agents can be a significant challenge. With the release of 8.0, we simplified this by allowing users to collect local logs directly from the UI. With this release, we are laying the foundation to request remote logs from managed scanners and agents.
Note: Scanners need to be running 8.1 above and agents need to be running 7.2 (not yet released).
Internationalized Dates – Update the Nessus UI to use international standard date notation, YYYY-MM-DD, where dates are shown.
Update to SSL Ciphers – Use strong connections for SSL connections.
Non-credentialed scan optimization – We have updated the logic for non-credentialed scans from Nessus to avoid running specific plugins that require credentials to work. Additionally, this significantly improves scan times for Host Discovery scans.
Bug Fixes
Fixed issue with vulnerability found on port 8834
Corrected issue where unlinked Agents counted towards license usage in Nessus Manager
Fixed issue that prevented hosts that included an underscore in their name from being scanned
Fixed issue that could cause the SecurityCenter scan status bar to read greater than 100%
Fixed issue that caused a crash when scanner metrics were shut down
Fixed issue on FreeBSD with scanning targets not on the local subnet
Fixed issue with honoring the ‘Scan IP addresses in a random order’ setting
Fixed issue with detecting IP address aliases on a network interface
Version number 8.1.0
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Linux, BSD, macOS, Solaris, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016
Website
Tenable Network Security
Download
https://www.tenable.com/downloads/nessus
License type Freeware / Paid

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