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Published on December 18th, 2010 | by NJ Ouchn

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OpenVAS Vulnerability Scanner Updates and Improvements

The actual security scanner is accompanied with a daily updated feed of Network Vulnerability Tests (NVTs), over 19,000 in total (as of November 2010).

All OpenVAS products are Free Software. Most components are licensed under the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL).

OpenVAS Administrator 1.0 now available

The mission of OpenVAS Administrator is to provide a unified access for various administrative tasks such as creating and configuring scan user accounts.

The Administrator can be used in two ways: As a command line tool for direct changes on the respective system and as a remote service. The remote service offers the OpenVAS Administration Protocol (OAP) which is supported for example by the web client Greenbone Security Assistant (GSA). Release 1.0 is compatible with OpenVAS 3.1 and with the current beta version of OpenVAS 4. Read the full announcement

OpenVAS Command Line Interface (CLI) 1.1.0 for Windows/Linux/MacOSX now available

The mission of OpenVAS CLI Client is to allow creating batch processes for OpenVAS Manager using the protocol OMP. The command line tool runs on various Windows, MacOSX, GNU/Linux and other unixoid operating systems.

OpenVAS CLI 1.1 is part of OpenVAS 4 and supports the upcoming protocol OMP 2.0.

OpenVAS CLI is Free Software (Open Source), licensed under GNU General Public License Version 2 or any later version. Read the full announcement

Greenbone Security Desktop (GSD) 1.0: Windows/Linux/MacOSX Client for OpenVAS now available

The mission of GSD is to allow users to organize their vulnerability management on their desktop without the need of a web browser. This desktop client interacts with OpenVAS Manager using the OpenVAS Management Protocol (OMP).

GSD makes the functionality of OMP available in desktop-integrated application. GSD 1.0 support OMP 1.0 and parts of the upcoming OMP 2.0. GSD runs on various Windows, MacOSX, GNU/Linux and other unixoid operating systems.

Greenbone Security Desktop is Free Software (Open Source), licensed under GNU General Public License Version 2 or any later version. Read the full announcement

OpenVAS 4 started and the first releases have become available.

“OpenVAS 4” is the label of the next generation and will cover the following OpenVAS modules: Libraries 4.0, Scanner 3.2, Manager 2.0, Administrator 1.0, GSA 2.0, GSD 1.0 and CLI 1.1.

Most significant change will be Version 2 of the OpenVAS Management Protocol (OMP). It makes the new features of the Manager available to its clients (Web, Desktop, CLI).

Major new features are:

  • Master-Slave: Have one installation control several others
  • Report Format Plugin Framework: Use or create arbitrary report styles (for example PDF, text, pie chart, bar charts, maps, topoplots)
  • Targets: More ways to specify IP-ranges
  • Credentials: Editor (password changes possible)
  • Escalators: More of them, current improved
  • OMP: protocol self-documentation as HTML, XML, RNC
  • Network scan plugins: Speedup of scans via network-wide initial scans
  • Lower memory footprint (~10% more concurrent scans possible)

Read the full announcement

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