OpenVAS, the Open Vulnerability Assessment System, is an excellent framework that can be used to assess the vulnerabilities of our target. It is a fork of the Nessus project. Unlike Nessus, OpenVAS offers its feeds completely free of charge. As OpenVAS comes as a standard installation with BackTrack 5, we will begin with its configuration.
A connection to the Internet is required to complete this recipe.
Let's begin the process of installing, configuring, and starting OpenVAS by navigating to its directory via a terminal window: