Network Scanner OpenVAS 2.0 Enters Beta

Oct 16, 2008

Beta test of the Open Vulnerability Assessment System (OpenVAS) is targeted at experienced users and developers of security solutions.

OpenVAS progressed as a fork of the Nessus network vulnerability scanner project and advances the technology further under GPL licensing. In its open beta phase now started, testers can find support for the Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language (OVAL) in the OpenVAS server, the kernel of the vulnerability scanner. OVAL is to become the standard for open security solutions. The OVAL definitions from Red Hat Enterprise Linux will be available for testing.

The new version is still compatible with the 1.0 series and its test scenarios, the network vulnerability tests (NVTs).

The project is concurrently issuing its first release candidate for an OpenVAS Compendium (in HTML and PDF) and is seeking collaboration in revisions and translations into various languages. Download of the beta and the compendium are at the OpenVAS website.

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