Configure Nessus for Centrify (SSH)

In Nessus Manager, you can integrate with Centrify using SSH credentials. Complete the following steps to configure Nessus with Centrify using SSH.


  • Nessus Manager account
  • Centrify account

Required User Role: Standard, Administrator, or System administrator

To integrate Nessus with Centrify using SSH credentials:

  1. Log in to Nessus Manager.

  1. Click Scans.

    The My Scans page appears.

  2. Click + New Scan.

    The Scan Templates page appears.

  3. Select a scan template.

    The selected scan template Settings page appears.

  4. In the Name box, type a name for the scan.

  5. In the Targets box, type an IP address, hostname, or range of IP addresses.
  6. (Optional) Add a description, folder location, scanner location, and specify target groups.
  7. Click the Credentials tab.

    The Credentials options appear. By default, the Categories drop-down box displays Host.

  8. In the left menu, selectSSH.

    The SSH settings appear.

  9. In the SSH settings, click the Authentication method drop-down box.

    The Authentication method drop-down box options appear.

  10. Select Centrify.

    The Centrify options appear.

  11. Configure the SSH credentials.

    Option Default Value

    Centrify Host

    (Required) The Centrify IP address or DNS address.

    Note: If your Centrify installation is in a subdirectory, you must include the subdirectory path. For example, type IP address or hostname/subdirectory path.

    Centrify Port

    The port on which Centrify listens.
    API User (Required) The API user provided by Centrify

    API Key

    (Required) The API key provided by Centrify.
    Tenant The name of a specified team in a multi-team environment.

    Authentication URL

    The URL Nessus Manager uses to access Centrify.
    Password Engine URL The name of a specified team in a multi-team environment.
    Username (Required) The username to log in to the hosts you want to scan.
    Checkout Duration

    The length of time, in minutes, that you want to keep credentials checked out in Centrify.

    Configure the Checkout Duration to exceed the typical duration of your Nessus Manager scans. If a password from a previous scan is still checked out when a new scan begins, the new scan fails.

    Note: Configure the password change interval in Centrify so that password changes do not disrupt your Nessus Manager scans. If Centrify changes a password during a scan, the scan fails.

    Use SSL When enabled, Nessus Manager uses SSL through IIS for secure communications. You must configure SSL through IIS in Centrify before enabling this option.
    Verify SSL When enabled, Nessus Manager validates the SSL certificate. You must configure SSL through IIS in Centrify before enabling this option.
  1. Click Save.

What to do next:

To verify the integration is working:

  1. On the My Scans page, click the Launch button to initiate an on-demand scan.

  2. Once the scan completes, select the completed scan and look for Plugin ID 97993 and the corresponding message - It was possible to log into the remote host via SSH using 'password' authentication. This result validates that authentication was successful.