Friday, May 21, 2010

OpenVAS LiveCD/Virtual machine - version 1.0

Trying out OpenVAS can be as easy as starting a VM image or a Live-CD.

Two versions are available: OpenVAS Server providing just the scan engine framework to be used via a browser or OpenVAS Management Protocol (OMP) clients. And OpenVAS Desktop which adds a desktop to the server including the OMP clients and immediately offers a graphical user interface to OpenVAS after booting.

Please note that both, OpenVAS Server and OpenVAS Desktop, are for demonstration and are not recommended for regular production uses, particularly for more than a few hosts depending on local system resources. The OpenVAS scanner is resource intensive and may take a long time to start on slower systems, especially when run as a VM on laptops.
Login credentials are dynamically generated on firstboot of the appliance and are specified at the console.

Tested with: VirtualBox 3.x, VMWare Workstation 6.5 and XenServer 5.5.0.

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  1. when i boot with the openvas livecd, it doesnt automatically detect/setup my network card. which makes the cd kind of useless.

    any idea how to fix this?

  2. hmmm q thats strange it worked the second time i booted into it...