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msfupdate on Backtrack 5r2

Having annoying SVN issues trying to run msfupdate on your BT5R2 install?

Something along the lines of “no version information found”.

Try this:

cd /opt/metasploit/common/libmv -s /usr/lib/ -s /usr/lib/

The above was obtained off of the backtrack forums but given the numbers of threads on that thing with similar topics, I’m guessing not a lot of people are seeing the actual solution.

As with everything I post, it worked for me but your mileage may vary.

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Nessus 5.0 on Backtrack 5r2 Continued…

So you’ve followed the instructions in my previous post alright and gone to browse to http://localhost:8843, have already pre-empted the no-script nags by allowing all scripts from localhost (or whatever your paranoia level allows you to do) and still can’t get past that annoying “Nessus requires flash player 10.2 or later” message.

Don’t fear and don’t bother following any other horrible tutorial that involves shoving an old piece of flash software on your system. It’s time to go for the bleeding edge.

Within a terminal type:

wget xvzf install_flash_player_11_linux.i386.tar.gzmkdir ~/.mozilla/pluginsmv ~/.mozilla/plugins/

Then just delete everything else that got extracted.

Yes it’s the 32bit flash – but it works.

Yes I know, it’s not the 64bit flash… but it still works on the x64 install of BT5R2 and does the job for accessing nessus.

Now you can browse to http://localhost:8834, create your user, ignore the bit about “enter your feed” details if it comes up (close the browser and re-open it) and voila… nessus 5.0 on bt5r2.

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Nessus 5.0 on Backtrack 5r2

Note: I’ve not tried this on anything else so YMMV if you try this on 5r1 or less.

Fire open a terminal window and as root type:

apt-get remove nessus

This will remove the old v4.4.1 version from your backtrack instance and stop any nastyness occurring when you run the install with the two versions clashing.

Now head to and grab yourself a copy of the latest version.

If you’re lucky enough to have a professional feed, great stuff.

If it’s your first time dealing with nessus, you’ll need to register for a homefeed so follow the steps online.

Download the package labeled as: Nessus-5.0.0-ubuntu910_amd64.deb (if you’ve a 64bit machine, else go for i386). I’ve not tested any other packages but I know the above one worked for me.

now back within the terminal window and in the location you saved the file to type:

dpkg -i Nessus-5.0.0-ubuntu910_amd64.deb

and watch as it magically installs everything you need. Upon completion nessus should be callable from the path.


nessus-fetch --version

To confirm the version number, it should come back at 5.0.0

Then using the code either for your professional feed or home feed register your nessus install:

nessus-fetch --register SERIAL_NUMBER_YOU_HAVE

Wait and it should confirm a successful registration and download the plugins.

Now just fire up nessus (first time after an update it takes an age as it unpacks and loads the plugins) and you’re away.

Not quite. What will come next is a guide as to how on earth you get Flash working in the onboard firefox on BT5R2.

Then, you should be all set for nessus scanning from your backtrack installation.