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Tenable Network Security Podcast Episode 120 - "Nessus, Perimeter Service, & SecurityCenter Updates"

Welcome to the Tenable Network Security Podcast Episode 120


  • Nessus 5.0.1 Released - This update includes support for FreeBSD 9 and gives you more flexibility when specifying port ranges and types (UDP or TCP) for the port scanner. Several bug fixes are included as well, including Windows installation issues.
  • SecurityCenter 4.4 Released:
    • Improved performance, with a new XML-RPC-based interface that speeds cross-system connections and adds fault-tolerance and improved reliability.
    • Easy report template and information sharing. New reports, designed by Tenable experts, can be downloaded from the new Tenable SecurityCenter Enterprise Reporting blog, imported into SecurityCenter, and used immediately, customized, or exported to share with others.
    • Easy access to over 100 pre-defined Quick Reports, including SANS Consensus Audit Guidelines, Center for Internet Security Audits, FISMA compliance indicators, HIPAA compliance checks, OWASP, PCI, and other IT and patch audit reports.
    • New data visualization displays that use charts and color-coding to indicate the number and severity of vulnerabilities based on IP addresses, host names, and asset groups.
    • Integration with Tenable’s cloud-based Nessus Perimeter Service.
    • Improved integration with GRC, SIEM, IDS, firewall analysis, and other systems that support Nessus reporting. SecurityCenter now exports scan data in the Nessus v2 format.
    • Scan hosts by specifying the DNS host name or URL for web application assessments.
    • Authentication: Support for the use of digital certificates with SecurityCenter. Support for smartcard authentication (including U.S. Department of Defense’s Common Access Card (CAC)).

  • New Version of Nessus Perimeter Service Released - As Tenable is an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV), you can use the Perimeter Service to perform PCI scans, using an approved PCI policy, and submit the scan results to Tenable for PCI ASV validation. The Perimeter Service allows you to scan as many systems as you like, as often as you like, and submit two scans for validation per quarter at no extra cost.
  • Check out our video channel on YouTube that contains the latest Nessus and SecurityCenter 4 tutorials. New videos are always in the works and updated Nessus and Perimeter Service videos will be available soon.
  • We're hiring! - Visit the Tenable website for more information about open positions.
  • You can subscribe to the Tenable Network Security Podcast on iTunes!
  • Tenable Tweets - You can find us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tenablesecurity where we make product and company announcements, provide Nessus plugin statistics, and more!
  • Want to ask questions about Nessus, SecurityCenter, LCE, and PVS and get answers from the experts at Tenable? Join Tenable's Discussion Forum for custom scripts, announcements, and more!

New & Notable Plugins


Passive Vulnerability Scanner (PVS):

SecurityCenter Dashboards:

  • Snort IDS Events - The Snort IDS Events dashboard organizes and visualizes events collected from the Snort intrusion detection system.

SecurityCenter Report Templates:

  • RDP Detection - This report template was designed to detail RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) server and connection detection.
  • Unmanaged and Unsupported Hosts - This report template was designed to identify unmanaged and unsupported operating systems and appliances within a large enterprise.


  1. Vulnerabilities, Exploits, and Good Dental Hygiene - From the Tenable Blog, an article discussing vulnerability management, exploits, and penetration testing.
  2. Phrack 68 Released- Good to see Phrack still kicking!
  3. Smart Meter Attacks - Smart Meter hacks are coming to life, and the security community is biting its tongue trying not to say "I told you so."
  4. Not Your Parents Wifi - Great article that summarizes the different types of wireless and the threats they post, from Bluetooth to DECT.
  5. Oracle accidentally release MySQL DoS proof of concept - Oops!

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