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Nessus 3.0.5 released
Tenable Network Security, Inc. is proud to announce the availability
of Nessus 3.0.5 for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris and FreeBSD.

This release contains the following bug fixes and enhancements :

- Faster startup time, especially on laptops
- Improved the performance of the SYN port scanner
- Vista compatibility improved
- Various minor bug fixes in the nasl engine
- Better chasing of zombie processes

Platform specific changes :

- Windows : Improved Vista compatibility
- Mac OS X : fixed a memory leak in the client
- Mac OS X : fixed the way plugin preferences are processed (some
prefs would not be displayed)
- Red Hat/Fedora : The priority of the nessusd startup script is now
at 98 instead of 90, so that it starts later in the boot process
- On Debian, the dependencies of the Nessus package have been fixed
to reflect the need of libssl0.9.7

Other changes of interest :

- nessusd.conf now accepts the option "listen_address" which can be
used to bind the nessusd daemon to a specific port (just like nessusd
-a does). Adding 'listen_address" in nessusd.conf will
force nessusd to only listen on the loopback interface (thanks to
Martin Mačok for suggesting this)

- If you write your own plugins you'll notice that the changes you
make are not reflected in the scan itself until the next plugin
update. To speed up the startup time of nessusd, we now compare the
timestamp of the plugins db with the time of the last update. This
avoids inspecting thousands of files at startup. To force nessusd to
inspect the timestamp of every plugin at startup, simply start it
with the '-t' switch (as in 'nessusd -t -D').

Other minor fixes :

- nessus-update-plugins now displays a proper error message when is unreachable
- nessus -i report.nbe -o report.html would sometime crash when
converting a malformed .nbe file to another format
- In NASL, shared_socket_acquire() now returns 0 on error, not -1

Nessus 3.0.5 is available at <>

Upgrade instructions are available in the Nessus Installation manual,
available at :


-- Renaud

Renaud Deraison
Tenable Network Security, Inc.
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