How to reset the user password in Nessus

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How to reset the user password in Nessus
Tenable Network Security produces the Nessus family of software. (Courtesy of Nessus)

Tenable Network Security produces a range of security software under the Nessus name. This software focuses on the abuse of IP addresses as a security vulnerability. IP addresses are the addresses computers use to communicate over networks and across the Internet. The main products in this division are Nessus Professional Feed, which scans internal IP addresses, and Nessus Perimeter Service, which scans addresses used by the company to communicate over the Internet. The password reset function of both products is performed in a common user interface.

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    On Windows

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    Click on the “Start” menu and hover the mouse pointer over “All Programs.” Select the Accessories menu and hover the pointer over the “Command” option and click the right mouse button. From the right-click menu, select “Run as.” A pop-up box appears.

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    Press the “The following user” radio button in the “Run As” window and select “Administrator” from the pick list in the “User name” field. If your Administrator account is password protected, enter the password in the next field down. Press the “OK” button. The “Run As” box will close and a “Command Prompt” window will appear.

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    Change to the directory where you installed Nessus. This is “C:\ Program Files\Tenable\Nessus” by default so type : cd C:\ Program Files\Tenable\Nessus and press “Enter.”

  4. 4

    Issue the command: nessus-chpasswd.exe <username> substituting the username of the account you want to reset the password to for <username>. The program will prompt you for the administrator password. You will then be prompted twice for a new password for the specified user. Once this process is complete, the user password has been changed and you can type “exit” (without the quotes) to close the “Command Prompt” window.

    In the Nessus user interface

  1. 1

    Open the Nessus user interface by double clicking its icon on your desktop. You will have to log in with your administration username and password.

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    Click on “Users” in the main menu bar. You will find the menu bar at the top of the UI window. Nessus will then show a list of all the currently registered users.

  3. 3

    Click on the user for whom you want to change the password. Click “Edit” to change the password on that line. You can now change the password. You will have to type it in twice. Click the “Submit” button to complete the process.

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