[Openvas-devel] Discontinuing openvas-plugins tarball?

Daniel Cabezas danielcabezas at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 23 11:11:15 CEST 2009


(First of all, sorry if the email appears duplicated, I am having some issues with my browser).

In my humble opinion, discontinuing openvas-plugins tarball would derive some problems. Think of unattended install scripts, offline installations, or security assessments where the technician doesn't have Internet connection because of a black-box job approach.

But that's just my opinion.



> Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 10:11:46 +0200
> From: michael.wiegand at intevation.de
> To: openvas-devel at wald.intevation.org
> CC: openvas-discuss at wald.intevation.org; openvas-plugins at wald.intevation.org
> Subject: [Openvas-devel] Discontinuing openvas-plugins tarball?
> Hello,
> Jan and I have been thinking about discontinuing the release of
> openvas-plugins tarballs and distributing the plugins only through the
> existing Feed Services.
> The background is that using both the tarball and the openvas-nvt-sync
> script does under certain conditions lead to a race condition in the
> plugin cache which causes openvasd to use an outdated cached version of
> a plugin even though the plugin has changed in the feed. We have tried
> to compensate for this by making adjustments in the synchronization
> script, but this has the side effect of disproportionately increasing
> the time and bandwidth needed to synchronize with the feed.
> I would like your opinions regarding the following issues:
> - What would be the consequences of discontinuing the tarball release?
>   There should not be installations which use only the tarball and never
>   sync, should there?
> - What mechanisms should be available for users who cannot sync using
>   rsync due to restrictions on firewall or proxy level?
> - Should openvasd force an initial sync during installation or just
>   display a notice that a sync is need to use OpenVAS?
> - Any other issues you can think of. :)
> I'm looking forward to your opinions. Please do not hesitate to ask if
> my proposal does not make sense to you.
> I am crossposting this to openvas-discuss and openvas-plugins as well to
> reach all involved parties. Please keep crossposting to a minimum in
> your replies and try to reply in openvas-devel. Thank you!
> Regards,
> Michael
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