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I am having trouble with a centOS machine I am using. I need some packages, including john the ripper, but yum cannot find the packages.

When I type sudo yum install john, I get back the nothing to do message. Is there a way to improve the searched locations to install john or is it possible to install APT on CentOS machines? I know it isn't exactly supported but I am at a loss and do not have the hours necessary to install from source and rpms :(

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John the Ripper is available from RPMForge, and the package name is john. As you mentioned in an answer, Snort is also available in RPMForge as snort-rep. It doesn't look like it has Nessus, but it has something called perl-Net-Nessus-XMLRPC.

I found nessus on ATRPMs

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Change the yum repository to some better repository out there you can also try rpmfusion. http://rpmfusion.org/Configuration/

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    The distribution's repository is to be used in strong preference, then EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux, a set of packages maintained specifically for RHEL by the Fedora project), and then go looking elsewhere. There is no guarantee that random packages installed from third parties don't mess up your system (RPMfusion is rather careful in this, I should add).
    – vonbrand
    Jan 23 '13 at 13:44

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