OpenVAS - Install and configure OpenVAS on Debian

Install OpenVAS:

[root@server1 ~]# apt-get install openvas-server


Create a self-signed certificate:

[root@server1 ~]# openvas-mkcert


Create a username and password for OpenVAS:

  1. Create your username
  2. Press enter to use the self signed certificate
  3. Create your password
  4. Press Ctrl D
  5. Press Y to create the user
[root@server1 ~]# openvas-adduser


Update the tools and plugins:

[root@server1 ~]# openvas-nvt-sync


Start the daemon:

[root@server1 ~]# openvasd-D

The server is now installed and ready for use.

Install the GUI interface:

[root@server1 ~]# apt-get install openvas-client


Open the client:

[root@server1 ~]# openvas-client &


Connect to the server:

  1. Select File > Connect
  2. Enter the username and password and select OK
  3. Select display and remember the server certificate and select OK


Run a scan:

  1. Select File > Scan Assistant
  2. Enter the name of the remote machine to scan (example: and select Forward
  3. Enter the scope (example: LAN) and select Forward
  4. Enter the domain name or IP address of the target machine and select Forward
  5. Select Execute

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