nstnikto — NST script to administer nikto.


nstnikto [ -m TEXT | --mode TEXT ] [ -h [true]|false | --help [true]|false ] [ -H [true]|false | --help-long [true]|false ] [ -v [true]|false | --verbose [true]|false ] [ --version [true]|false ]


The nstnikto script is used in a NST distribution to administer the nikto process on a NST distribution (nikto is designed to examine web servers and look for security holes).

This script has been designed to support other script. If you use this script directly from the command line, you will most likely want to include the -v option to enable verbose output.

The following modes of operation are supported by the nstnikto script:


The status mode of operation is used to determine whether or not there are any running instances of nikto. It will echo the process ID(s) for each running instance found. If no instances are found, this invocation will exit with a return code of 1.


The update mode of operation is used to update the nikto files with the latest plug-ins from the nikto web site.

Here is a typical example of using nstnikto to update and then run the nikto command:

[root@probe ~]# nstnikto -m update -v

[root@probe nikto]# nikto --findonly -h

[root@probe ~]# 


The following command line options are available:

[-m TEXT] | [--mode TEXT]

This option controls what nstnikto will do. If you specify status (the default), it will return 0 if there are any nikto instances currently running (the process IDs will also be echoed). If you specify update, it will update the nikto plug-ins from

[-h [true]|false] | [--help [true]|false]

When this option is specified, nstnikto will display a short one line description of nstnikto, followed by a short description of each of the supported command line options. After displaying this information nstnikto will terminate.

[-H [true]|false] | [--help-long [true]|false]

This option will attempt to pull up additional nstnikto documentation within a text based web browser. You can force which browser we use setting the environment variable TEXTBROWSER, otherwise, we will search for some common ones.

[-v [true]|false] | [--verbose [true]|false]

When you set this option to true, nstnikto will produce additional output. This is typically used for diagnostic purposes to help track down when things go wrong.

[--version [true]|false]

If this option is specified, the version number of the script is displayed.



Directory containing resource files used by nstnikto.



This controls what text based browser is used to display help information about the script. If not set, we will search your system for available text-based browsers (Ex: elinks, lynx ...).

See Also

nst-nikto, Network Security Toolkit