Nessus credential vulnerability scanning On non-domain join Windows server
Nessus scanner is a popular vulnerability scanning tool to discover outdated softwares and missing security patches on Windows & linux. Credential scanning is to scan machine with privilege account, typically local administrator of the machine. In Nessus, you can choose external scanning or credential scanning. The former one only provides you some basic information about the machiens, e.g. open port. Only if you choose credential scanning, you can find vulnerable softwares and missing patches.
Start remote registry service
Enable file and printer sharing
Configure credential scanning in Nessus
Fill in credentials of your local administrator of the target machine, then you can do scanning.
By using Nessus credential scanning, we can find vulnerable softwares and missing patches in Windows machine.
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