Running and Monitoring the Scan
Of course, we're only using one line in this example, so additional URL inputs aren't necessary for the purpose of this guide, but rest assured that you really do have such an option in case you actually need it. Above the URL targets box, you should notice a policy selector drop-down; select the bhtest policy we created earlier for the scan processing that will be done shortly. Finally, in the very top box type a reference name for your scan to view the results at a later time from the reports page. The bhtest name was used again for the reference name for our example scan (yes, Nessus really does permit the same reference name to be used for both policy profiles and scan reference names) but we can skip the targets file in this case as we already specified our scan target (you will really only need to use one or the other, and a standard ASCII text file is required -- no Unicode is permitted, unfortunately). We're now ready to proceed, so click Launch Scan and the progress will be displayed as follows:
You can hit the browse toggle at any time to view the progress of a scan by URL, as follows:
Each URL will have a full yellow bar with Complete in the middle after being scanned, with progress percentage displayed until then). You can also view the results to date per URL, in addition to the final results for that URL by clicking the applicable host URL which brings up the following:
And you can further navigate by clicking the results for a specific TCP port by clicking it in the list for its detailed results as in the following example:
One last note or three: if at any time you want to refer to your scan results you can do so from the reports screen. Navigation of the reports themselves need only require you to click the breadcrumb toggles above the results list, or simply use the category selector on the upper portion of the far-left area to move between report information, scanned hosts and port scan results and choose any relevant options from there.
And that's a wrap! If you found this useful, then be sure to check any of the other how-to guides available right here on the Hub. Until next time...