7AUTOMATING OPENVAS

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In this chapter, I introduce you to OpenVAS and the OpenVAS Management Protocol (OMP), a free and open source vulnerability management system forked from the last open source release of Nessus. In Chapters 5 and 6, we covered automating the proprietary vulnerability scanners Nessus and Nexpose, respectively. While OpenVAS has similar functionality, it’s another great tool to have in your arsenal.

I show you how to drive OpenVAS to scan for and report on vulnerabilities for hosts on your network using the core C# libraries and some custom classes. By the time you’ve finished reading this chapter, you should be able to assess ...

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