How to: Start/Use/Initialize OpenVAS – Open Vulnerability Assessment Scanner on Kali Linux (Intro)

Before using the OpenVAS, we need to setup and update it.

1 Launch a terminal, and run setup for OpenVAS

sudo openvas-setup

Wait until it finishes downloading and updating, it will take awhile

2 When it’s done, it will show the admin login username and admin login password, note them down, we will need them every time we try to login to OpenVAS

openvas-setup done
openvas-setup done

*3 Update feed for OpenVAS (Only required if there is new updates), when initializing, this step was done once already.

sudo openvas-feed-update

If failed (You might encounter this error)

rsync: failed to connect to feed.openvas.org (xx.xx.xx.xx): Connection refused (111)
rsync: failed to connect to feed.openvas.org (xx:xx:xx:xx::xx): Connection timed out (110)
rsync error: error in socket IO (code 10) at clientserver.c(127) [Receiver=3.1.3]

Just try again with the same command, it should get through.

4 Launch OpenVAS

sudo openvas-start

It will tell us the address for webui, in this case, it is https://127.0.0.1:9392

OpenVAS webui
OpenVAS webui

(We might encounter following error)

Failed to execute default Web Browser
Failed to execute default Web Browser

It’s OK, just close it, then launch our favourite web browser then enter https://127.0.0.1:9392 as the address

Now we should have the OpenVAS login screen in front of us.

OpenVAS login screen
OpenVAS login screen

5 Enter your login detail recorded from step 2

Now you will see the Dashboard of OpenVAS.

Happy hunting/fixing 🙂


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