How To Install OpenVAS on Kali Linux

Kali includes hundreds of tools focused on carrying out information security tasks, such as penetration tests, security research, forensic computing and reverse engineering.

The Kali Linux system is developed and financed by Offensive Security, which is one of the most recognized organizations in issues of training in information security and gives us a guarantee of integrity and reliability.

Kali Linux is available for download at the following link:

OpenVAS is a framework that involves a set of services and tools with the purpose of offering a comprehensive solution at the level of vulnerability exploration and management of them in multiple operating systems.

OpenVAS is free under the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL). At the architecture level, OpenVAS efficiently executes Network Vulnerability Tests (NVT) with a structure similar to this one:

How to install OpenVAS on Kali Linux

Upgrade Kali Linux

apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade

This process can take between 8 to 10 minutes.

Install OpenVAS

1. Once the system is updated, the next step is to proceed with the installation of OpenVAS, for this we must execute the following command:

apt-get install openvas

In some cases, when we run apt-get install openvas, the error Unable to locate the openvas package shows up.

For this, we will access the /etc/apt/sources.list directory using the desired editor:

nano /etc/apt/sources.list

There we must add the following lines:

deb kali-rolling main contrib non-free

deb healthy main non-free contrib

deb moto main non-free contrib

We save the changes and run apt-get update to update the system and thus be able to download and install OpenVAS.

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