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February 2005

Editor's Desk: Nessus charges for signature updates

Security pros, stop feasting! There are no more free lunches at Nessus. Renaud Deriason, father of the popular open-source vulnerability scanner, and his business partner Ron Gula have spoken: You can still get the scanner free, but you have to pay for the signature updates. The cost of developing Nessus signatures is outpacing donations to the development team. Nessus is now a stepchild of Deriason's and Gula's newest venture, Tenable Network Security, which develops commercial vulnerability scanners that complement and capitalize on Nessus. Rather than releasing vulnerability signatures as they become available, the Nessus Open Source Vulnerability Scanner Project is now charging for the service. Only those who pay will receive immediate updates; all others must wait seven days--an eternity of exposure. Users of Tenable's commercial Lightning management console receive the updates as part of their license. In God we trust, all others pay cash, indeed. Who will this affect? For starters, the numerous security vendors that rely ...

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