Nessus 8.9.0 Release Notes - 2020-01-23

New Features

The following are the new features included in Nessus 8.9.0:

  • Streamlined Sensor Deployment - Capability to include environmental configuration variables as part of a sensor installation.

    For more information, see Mass Deployment Support in the Nessus User Guide.

Changed Functionality and Performance Enhancements

The following are changes to functionality included in Nessus 8.9.0:

  • Open SSL v1.1.1 Update - Nessus scanners will leverage OpenSSL v1.1.1 as part of this release.

    This causes impact to the ciphers and SSL versions supported. For more information, see the knowledge base article.

  • Capability for Nessus to support plugin databases greater than 4 GB.

    This causes an automatic full recompilation of the plugins upon first startup after upgrade, which may take several minutes.

Bug Fixes

Bug Fix Defect ID
Fixed issue where a user was unable to login to Nessus using a certificate 00862610
Fixed issue where remediation tab was not being displayed 00874773
Fixed issue where a basic user could not view results in Nessus Manager 00896771
Fixed issue where a scan with a policy with mixed plugin families would not run 00883290
Fixed issue related to upgrading on Windows platforms from earlier versions of Nessus 00899337
Fixed issue with cloud scans aborting 00911689

Upgrade Notes

  • For Nessus 8.8.0 and later running on Windows, you must install Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 on the host operating system. The following Windows versions require a minimum Service Pack to be installed:

    • Windows 7 SP1
    • Windows Server 2008 SP2
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • You can upgrade to the latest version of Nessus from any previously supported version.
  • If your upgrade path skips versions of Nessus, Tenable recommends reviewing the release notes for all skipped versions to learn about new features and bug fixes.
  • After you upgrade Nessus, downgrading to a prior version of Nessus is not supported. Please back up your system first.