Monday, November 23, 2009

Installing Websecurify 0.4...

Websecurify is a web application testing tool developed by Petko Petkov that automatically identifies web application vulnerabilities by using advanced discovery and fuzzing technologies. To know more about Websecurify, click on the link here.

For Ubuntu 8.10 (or older) users (others can skip to the Websecurify Installation section below)

Before installing Websecurify on your Ubuntu system, you will need to have xulrunner v1.9.1 (or higher) installed. Since your installation of Ubuntu has an older version of xulrunner, you will need to update your system to meet this pre-requisite. The easiest way to do this is by installing Firefox 3.5 which come with the required version xulrunner.

The easiest/safest way to do this is to go to the "ubuntu-mozilla-daily" PPA archive at URL:

Follow the instruction there to get your version of Ubuntu installed with the correct repository that holds the version on firefox 3.5 compatible with your Ubuntu installation. Remember to also install the public key to you don't get prompted with security warnings when trying to use the repository.

Then, we update the machine's repository database with:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

To install Firefox 3.5 (warning, this will replace older versions of firefox in your Ubuntu machine):

sudo apt-get install firefox-3.5

Websecurify Installation

Download the Linux version at URL (download the file to your Desktop)

Create a folder to store the websecurify application:

mkdir ~/websecurify-0.4

Go into the folder you just created:

cd ~/websecurify-0.4

Extract the archive:

tar -zxvvf ~/Desktop/Websecurify\ 0.4.tgz

To install the application, type:

xulrunner --install-app application.ini

To launch Websecurify, type:

xulrunner --app application.ini

Note: For Ubuntu 8.10 (or older) users, you must type in xulrunner-1.9.1 instead of xulrunner to install and to launch Websecurify.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Installing OpenVAS 2.0.x on Ubuntu Linux...

This is a follow-up to my earlier article on Installing OpenVAS 1.0.x

OpenVAS has started releasing betas of v3.0.x, so I thought I'd write a tutorial on how to install the latest stable version of OpenVAS (v2.0.x).

Before we begin, it is best that we update our Ubuntu libraries and applications to the latest versions by typing the following in a terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Once you have updated your machine, we will need to install the following libraries and applications to compile and install OpenVAS. Again, in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install build-essential libgnutls-dev libpcap0.8-dev bison
sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-dev libglib2.0-dev libgpgme11-dev libssl-dev htmldoc

Now that the machine is ready to work with the OpenVAS sources, you then need to download the following source codes from the OpenVAS website. You can find the sources at URL

Download the latest version of the following:

openvas-libraries (latest v2.0.x)
openvas-libnasl (latest v2.0.x)
openvas-server (latest v2.0.x)
openvas-plugins (latest v1.0.x)
openvas-client (latest v2.0.x)

You will need to install OpenVAS in the above listed order. To install each component, you will need to do the following:

tar zxvf [filename of .tar.gz file]
cd [sub-folder of same name as .tar.gz file]
sudo make install
cd ..

Once all five components are compiled and installed, you will then need to let Ubuntu know about the new libraries you have just compiled before the can be used by typing in:

sudo ldconfig -v

For the first time use of OpenVAS, you will need to create a new cert and add in the first user that can login into the OpenVAS server by running both:

sudo openvas-mkcert
sudo openvas-adduser

Periodically (I usually run it once every day, or just before I am about to use OpenVAS), you will need to update the plugins that OpenVAS uses to detect newer vulnerabilities which are found everyday. You can do that by typing:

sudo openvas-nvt-sync

To start the OpenVAS server, activate the server by typing in:

sudo openvasd -D

And running the OpenVAS client by typing:

sudo OpenVAS-Client

If you want to learn or know more about OpenVAS, visit them at

Note: Tested on Ubuntu 9.10, and I assume you are doing all this with user access (that is why, some root only commands have the "sudo" command in front of them) and am running the kernel in i386 (32-bit) mode.

Metasploit 3.3 is now available!

The guys at Metasploit have release Metasploit Framework 3.3. To install this in Ubuntu, please follow the instructions from their wiki page.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

eee-control for Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)

I have been waiting patiently for Grigori Goronzy, the developer of eee-control to release a version of the utility for Karmic Koala (URL However, three weeks since Karmic was released, Grigori has yet to release an update.

Dan Amlund has downloaded the latest version Grigori released for Jaunty Jackalope (0.9.4) and fixed it so that it will install on Karmic Koala. I have installed iton my EeePC 701 and everything seems to be working (your mileage may vary).

To get Dan's version of eee-control which works on Karmic Koala,visit Ubuntu Geek's article at URL