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Old 09-24-2002, 02:32 PM   #1
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Question problems installing Nessus ???


i have a littel proplem here and i hope you can help me with it. i know that this could look like a lame quesion, but i am realy new in this. i only need some one to point me to the right direction, and i will take it from there........

i have RedHat 7.2 with 2.4.5 kernel, i tryed to install and run "nessus security scanner" on

i got the last version of it, 1.2.5 , as a shell script ".sh" file. in the installation instructions, all i had to do is to type this command "sh", so i did, and this is what i got:-
[root@localhost nessus]# sh
The command 'gtk-config' was not found in your $PATH.
The nessus client will be built without its GUI...

Press ENTER to continue...

Welcome to the Nessus Installation Script !

This script will install Nessus 1.2.5 (STABLE) on your system.

Please note that you will need root privileges at some point so that
the installation can complete.

Nessus is released under the version 2 of the GNU General Public License
(see for details).

To get the latest version of Nessus, visit

Press ENTER to continue
x - creating lock directory
x - extracting nessus.tar.gz (binary) uudecode: command not found
restore of nessus.tar.gz failed
nessus.tar.gz: MD5 check failed
x - now extracting this archive nessus.tar.gz: No such file or directory
tar: nessus.tar: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
rm: cannot remove `nessus.tar': No such file or directory
rm: cannot remove `nessus.tar.gz': No such file or directory
*** Something went wrong - we could not uncompress the archives
*** properly
[root@localhost nessus]#

i dont know what are the tarball that it is looking for, i mean they say in the site "Nessus also comes as a standalone package which auto-installs itself". so, you see, i am kinda lost here!
i thought i would try something else, older versions dont have this shell script auto install thing. it only has four tarballs that i have to install in a specific order.


it is only a normal configure --- make --- make install process

and that is what i did, the 1st one went fine, but i got realy lost in the second, i got this when i did the make:-

[root@localhost libnasl]# make
cd nasl && make
make[1]: Entering directory `/root/nessus/libnasl/nasl'
/bin/sh /root/nessus/libnasl/libtool --silent gcc -pipe `sh ./cflags` -c send_packet.c
send_packet.c:22:18: pcap.h: No such file or directory
In file included from send_packet.c:24:
pkt_pcap.h:4: parse error before `*'
pkt_pcap.h:4: warning: data definition has no type or storage class
pkt_pcap.h:5: parse error before `*'
pkt_pcap.h:5: warning: data definition has no type or storage class
pkt_pcap.h:6: parse error before `pcap_t'
send_packet.c: In function `send_packet':
send_packet.c:57: `pcap_t' undeclared (first use in this function)
send_packet.c:57: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
send_packet.c:57: for each function it appears in.)
send_packet.c:57: `pcap' undeclared (first use in this function)
send_packet.c:57: invalid lvalue in assignment
send_packet.c:58: parse error before `struct'
send_packet.c:67: `ar' undeclared (first use in this function)
send_packet.c:68: `ip' undeclared (first use in this function)
send_packet.c:69: `sip' undeclared (first use in this function)
send_packet.c:77: `sockaddr' undeclared (first use in this function)
make[1]: *** [send_packet.o] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/nessus/libnasl/nasl'
make: *** [all] Error 2
[root@localhost libnasl]#

and i realy dont have a clue what is worng!!! i read the installation guid, i read the faq and checked out the prog mailing list. and i got nothing. i dont know what is wrong, i dont know what i did worng or what i didnt do. maybe i missed something or misunderstod something. i realy dont know........

if any one can help, please do , and thanks in advance

Last edited by BrokenArrow; 09-24-2002 at 02:44 PM.
Old 09-26-2002, 06:14 AM   #2
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no one has a clue about it???!!!
Old 09-26-2002, 07:51 AM   #3
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Yeah, sure, but you gotta be patient, we ain't gettin payed to do this ya know...
You need some dependancies like the libpcap library, and the Gimp Tool Kit (GTK). Last one only uf you want the GUI.
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Need uudecode

You need a file called uudecode, which obviously hasn't been installed in your system. This is because the shell script installed contains the binaries for the various modules encoded within it.

Search the net for uudecode, or grep for the rpm...
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I had the same problem, you need to install the Gimp Tool Kit.


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