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Tool and Usage

OpenVAS is a framework of several services and tools offering a vulnerability scanning and vulnerability management solution.


OpenVAS is an open source vulnerability scanner that emerged from when Nessus became closed source in October of 2005.

Usage and audience

This tool is categorized as a Linux vulnerability scanning tool and vulnerability scanner.

OpenVAS is commonly used for penetration test, security assessment, or vulnerability scanning. Target users for this tool are pentesters, security professionals, and system administrators.

Tool review

The review and analysis of this project resulted in the following remarks for this security tool:


  • + The source code of this software is available
  • + Well-known tool

Author and Maintainers

Supporting company

This project is maintained by Greenbone Networks


Support operating systems

OpenVAS is known to work on Linux.

OpenVAS alternatives

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Project details
Latest release9 [2017-03-08]
License(s)GPLv2GPLv2 or laterMulti-license
Last updatedDec. 3, 2017

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