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BackTrack 5 Cookbook by David De Smet, Willie Pritchett

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OpenVAS – finding Linux-specific vulnerabilities

OpenVAS allows us to attack a wide range of vulnerabilities, and we will confine our list of assessing the vulnerabilities of our target to those specific to the type of information we seek to gain from the assessment. In this recipe, we will use OpenVAS to scan for Linux vulnerabilities. These are vulnerabilities specific to Linux machines operating on our targeted network.

Getting ready

To complete this recipe, you will need a virtual machine(s) to test against:

  • Metasploitable 2
  • Any other flavor of Linux

How to do it...

Let's begin the process of finding Linux-specific vulnerabilities with OpenVAS by opening the Mozilla Firefox web browser:

  1. Go to http://127.0.0.1:9392 and log in to OpenVAS.
  2. Select

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