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BackTrack 5 Cookbook by David De Smet, Willie Pritchett

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Installing, configuring, and starting OpenVAS

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.

Getting ready

A connection to the Internet is required to complete this recipe.

How to do it...

Let's begin the process of installing, configuring, and starting OpenVAS by navigating to its directory via a terminal window:

  1. OpenVAS is installed by default and it only needs to be configured in order to be utilized.
  2. From a terminal window change your directory to the OpenVAS ...

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