Traditional Active Scans (Non-credentialed)
A traditional active non-credentialed scan, also known as an unauthenticated scan, is a common method for assessing the security of systems without system privileges. Non-credentialed scans enumerate ports, protocols, and services that are exposed on a host and identifies vulnerabilities and misconfigurations that could allow an attacker to compromise your network.
- Ideal for large-scale assessments in traditional enterprise environments.
- Discovers vulnerabilities that an outside attacker can use to compromise your network (provides a malicious adversary's point of view).
- Runs network-based plugins that an agent is restricted from performing.
- Can perform targeted operations like the brute-forcing of credentials.
- Can be disruptive; that is, can sometimes have a negative effect on the network, device, or application being tested.
- Misses client-side vulnerabilities such as detailed patch information.
- Can miss transient devices that are not always connected to the network.