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nessus file reader by LimberDuck (pronounced *ˈlɪm.bɚ dʌk*) is a python module created to quickly parse nessus files containing the results of scans performed by using Nessus by (C) Tenable, Inc.

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nessus file reader by LimberDuck (pronounced ˈlɪm.bɚ dʌk) is a python module created to quickly parse nessus files containing the results of scans performed by using Nessus by (C) Tenable, Inc. This module will let you get data through functions grouped into categories like file, scan, host and plugin to get specific information from the provided nessus scan files.

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1   Main features

  • read data from nessus files containing results of scans performed by using Nessus by (C) Tenable, Inc.
  • use to see examples

2   Usage

  1. Install nessus-file-reader module.

    pip install nessus-file-reader
  2. Import nessus-file-reader module.

    import nessus_file_reader as nfr
  3. Use file functions to get details about provided file e.g. root, file name, file size.

    nessus_scan_file = './your_nessus_file.nessus'
    root = nfr.file.nessus_scan_file_root_element(nessus_scan_file)
    file_name = nfr.file.nessus_scan_file_name_with_path(nessus_scan_file)
    file_size = nfr.file.nessus_scan_file_size_human(nessus_scan_file)
    print(f'File name: {file_name}')
    print(f'File size: {file_size}')
  4. Use scan functions to get details about provided scan e.g. report name, number of target/scanned/credentialed hosts, scan time start/end/elapsed and more.

    report_name = nfr.scan.report_name(root)
    number_of_target_hosts = nfr.scan.number_of_target_hosts(root)
    number_of_scanned_hosts = nfr.scan.number_of_scanned_hosts(root)
    number_of_scanned_hosts_with_credentialed_checks_yes = nfr.scan.number_of_scanned_hosts_with_credentialed_checks_yes(root)
    scan_time_start = nfr.scan.scan_time_start(root)
    scan_time_end = nfr.scan.scan_time_end(root)
    scan_time_elapsed = nfr.scan.scan_time_elapsed(root)
    print(f' Report name: {report_name}')
    print(f' Number of target/scanned/credentialed hosts: {number_of_target_hosts}/{number_of_scanned_hosts}/{number_of_scanned_hosts_with_credentialed_checks_yes}')
    print(f' Scan time START - END (ELAPSED): {scan_time_start} - {scan_time_end} ({scan_time_elapsed})')
  5. Use host functions to get details about hosts from provided scan e.g. report hosts names, operating system, hosts scan time start/end/elapsed, number of Critical/High/Medium/Low/None findings and more.

    for report_host in nfr.scan.report_hosts(root):
        report_host_name =
        report_host_os =
        report_host_scan_time_start =
        report_host_scan_time_end =
        report_host_scan_time_elapsed =
        report_host_critical =, 'Critical')
        report_host_high =, 'High')
        report_host_medium =, 'Medium')
        report_host_low =, 'Low')
        report_host_none =, 'None')
        print(f'  Report host name: {report_host_name}')
        print(f'  Report host OS: {report_host_os}')
        print(f'  Host scan time START - END (ELAPSED): {report_host_scan_time_start} - {report_host_scan_time_end} ({report_host_scan_time_elapsed})')
        print(f'  Critical/High/Medium/Low/None findings: {report_host_critical}/{report_host_high}/{report_host_medium}/{report_host_low}/{report_host_none}')
  6. Use plugin functions to get details about plugins reported in provided scan e.g. plugins ID, plugins risk factor, plugins name.

    print('\tPlugin ID\t\tRisk Factor\t\t\t\tPlugin Name')
    report_items_per_host =
    for report_item in report_items_per_host:
        plugin_id = int(nfr.plugin.report_item_value(report_item, 'pluginID'))
        risk_factor = nfr.plugin.report_item_value(report_item, 'risk_factor')
        plugin_name = nfr.plugin.report_item_value(report_item, 'pluginName')
        print('\t', plugin_id, '  \t\t\t', risk_factor, '  \t\t\t', plugin_name)
  7. If you want to get output for interesting you plugin e.g. “Nessus Scan Information” use below function

    for report_host in nfr.scan.report_hosts(root):
        pido_19506 = nfr.plugin.plugin_output(root, report_host, '19506')
        print(f'Nessus Scan Information Plugin Output:\n{pido_19506}')
  8. If you know that interesting you plugin occurs more than ones for particular host e.g. “Netstat Portscanner (SSH)” use below function

    for report_host in nfr.scan.report_hosts(root):
        pidos_14272 = nfr.plugin.plugin_outputs(root, report_host, '14272')
        print(f'All findings for Netstat Portscanner (SSH): \n{pidos_14272}')

3   Meta

3.3   Authors

Damian Krawczyk created nessus file reader by LimberDuck.

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