Configure Plugins in Vulnerability Management Scans

Required Tenable.io Vulnerability Management User Role: Basic, Scan Operator, Standard, Scan Manager, or Administrator

Required Scan Permissions: Can Configure

Required Template Permissions: Can Configure

Note: If a scan is based on a user-defined template, you cannot configure Plugin settings in the scan. You can only modify these settings in the related user-defined template.

Note: When Tenable adds new plugins to Tenable.io, the new plugins are automatically enabled if the entire plugin family they belong to is enabled in your scan policy template. If you only enabled some plugins from a family, you must manually enable new plugins to include them in your scan policy.

If you create a scan or user-defined template using the Tenable-provided Advanced Scan template, you can configure which security checks the scan performs by enabling or disabling plugins individually or by plugin family.

When you create and save a scan or user-defined template, it records all of the plugins that are initially selected. When new plugins are received via a plugin update, the plugins are automatically enabled if the family with which the plugins are associated is enabled. If the family has been disabled or partially enabled, new plugins in that family are also automatically disabled.

Caution: The Denial of Service family contains some plugins that could cause outages on a network if the Safe Checks option is not enabled, in addition to some useful checks that do not cause any harm. The Denial of Service family can be used in conjunction with Safe Checks to ensure that any potentially dangerous plugins are not run. However, it is recommended that the Denial of Service family not be used on a production network unless scheduled during a maintenance window and with staff ready to respond to any issues.

To configure plugins for a scan or user-defined template: 

  1. Do one of the following:
    1. Create or edit a scan.
    2. Create or edit a user-defined template.
  2. In the left navigation list, click Plugins.

    The Plugins page appears. This page contains a table of plugin families.

  3. Do one of the following:
    • Filter the plugin families table by various attributes.
    • Search the plugin families table by plugin family name. For more information on searching, see Tenable.io Tables.
  4. To enable or disable all the plugins in a plugin family, click the Status toggle in row for the plugin famly.
    • On — The scan includes the security checks associated with the plugin family.
    • Off — The scan excludes the security checks associated with the plugin family.
  5. To enable or disable specific plugins for an individual plugin family:
    1. In the plugin families table, click the plugin family where you want to edit plugins. The plugin family plane appears.
    2. (Optional) Click an individual plugin to review plugin details (Synopsis, Description, and Solution).

    3. For each plugin you want to enable or disable, select or clear the Status checkbox.
    4. Click Save.

      The Plugins page appears. In the plugin families table, Tenable.io updates the plugin family status as follows:

      • On — If you enabled all plugins for the plugin family, the scan includes the security checks associated with the plugin family.
      • Off — If you disabled all plugins for the plugin family, the scan excludes the security checks associated with the plugin family.
      • Mixed — If you enabled only some of the plugins for the plugin family, the scan includes only the enabled plugins.
    5. Click Save to save your changes to the plugin family.
  6. Click Save to save your changes to the scan or user-defined template.