Scanners: New Nessus Release; New eEye Web Scanner

Scanners: New Nessus Release; New eEye Web ScannerThis must be the new scanners post. Tenable released version 3.2.0 of their popular Nessus vulnerability scanner and eEye enters the arena of web application scanners by releasing Retina Web App Scanner.

Tenable Network Security announced the availability of the new Nessus 3.2.0. This release sure looks promising because it brings quite a few new or improved features. It’s refreshing to see a software release which is not "security-bugs-fixing" driven:

This new major release contains several improvements, including:

  • IPv6 support
  • Improved control of network bandwidth usage during scanning
  • Granular access to control rules to limit users to specific ports and audits
  • Improved WMI support
  • Full support for the new .nessus file format

The new Retina Web Security Scanner is not exactly a new security tool since it’s a custom version of NT Objectives NTOSpider Web app vulnerability scanner, and is integrated with eEye’s management console, REM.

This release is just a phase of eEye’s plans concerning the Web Scanner. Web security spells big business for eEye which intends to release an appliance-based version of this new scanner, says Morey Haber, vice president of product management at eEye.

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