|Developer(s)||Greenbone Networks GMBH|
|Stable release||6.0 / April 17, 2013|
OpenVAS (Open Vulnerability Assessment System, initially GNessUs) is a framework of several services and tools offering a vulnerability scanning and vulnerability management solution.
All OpenVAS products are Free Software. Most components are licensed under the GPL.
The latest version is 6.0, released April 2013.
OpenVas begun, under the name of GNessUs, as a fork of the previously open source Nessus scanning tool after Tenable Network Security changed it to a proprietary (closed source) license in October 2005. OpenVAS was originally proposed by pentesters at Portcullis Computer Security and then announced by Tim Brown on Slashdot.
There is a daily updated feed of Network Vulnerability Tests (NVTs) - over 25,000 in total (as of May 2012).
The OpenVAS protocol structure is known to be well documented to assist developers. The OpenVAS Compendium is a publication of the OpenVAS Project that delivers a large amount of documentation on OpenVAS. OpenVAS Protocol Documentation OpenVAS Compendium - A Publication of The OpenVAS Project
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