|Developer(s)||Greenbone Networks GmbH|
9.0 / March 8, 2017
OpenVAS began under the name of GNessUs, as a fork of the previously open source Nessus scanning tool, after its developers Tenable Network Security changed it to a proprietary (closed source) license in October 2005. OpenVAS was originally proposed by pentesters at SecuritySpace, discussed with 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 47,000 in total (as of June 2016).
The OpenVAS protocol structure aims to be well-documented to assist developers. The OpenVAS Compendium is a publication of the OpenVAS Project that delivers documentation on OpenVAS.
- OpenVAS web site
- OpenVAS, Nikto Nmap, OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP) all in one
- OpenVAS, Nessus and NexPose Tested
- OpenVAS Protocol Documentation
- OpenVAS Compendium - A Publication of The OpenVAS Project
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