Openvas (Open Vulnerability Assessment System)

Posted: December 5, 2014 in Open source

OpenVAS (Open Vulnerability Assessment System, the name of the fork originally known as GNessUs) is a framework of several services and tools offering a vulnerability scanning and vulnerability management solution. All OpenVAS products are Free Software.


step 1: Configure OBS Repository
(as user root, only once)
echo “deb ./” >> /etc/apt/sources.list
apt-key add ./Release.key
sudo apt-get update
Step 2: Quick-Install OpenVAS
(as user root, only once)
apt-get -y install greenbone-security-assistant openvas-cli openvas-manager openvas-scanner openvas-administrator sqlite3 xsltproc rsync
To install support packages for report generation (downloads around 30 MB of additional packages):
apt-get -y install texlive-latex-base texlive-latex-extra texlive-latex-recommended htmldoc
To install support for autogenerated LSC credential packages:
apt-get -y install alien rpm nsis fakeroot
Step 3: Quick-Start OpenVAS
(copy and paste whole block as user root, during first time you will be asked to set a password for user “admin”)
test -e /var/lib/openvas/CA/cacert.pem || openvas-mkcert -q
test -e /var/lib/openvas/users/om || openvas-mkcert-client -n om -i
/etc/init.d/openvas-manager stop
/etc/init.d/openvas-scanner stop
openvasmd –rebuild
test -e /var/lib/openvas/users/admin || openvasad -c add_user -n admin -r Admin
killall openvassd
sleep 15
/etc/init.d/openvas-scanner start
/etc/init.d/openvas-manager start
/etc/init.d/openvas-administrator restart
/etc/init.d/greenbone-security-assistant restart
Step 4: Log into OpenVAS as “admin”
Open https://localhost:9392/.
Username: admin
Password: secret


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