[Openvas-devel] Drop Summary-element from NVT meta info?

Chandrashekhar B bchandra at secpod.com
Fri Jul 15 08:18:47 CEST 2011

Hello Jan,

Summary is supposed to indicate what the NVT is supposed to do while Name is
for vulnerability title. I think having Summary helps in knowing what kind
of verification NVT is going to do on the target system, which is very
useful for someone to make a scanning decision.

If we aren't adding appropriate Summary, then we should start adding from
now on I think.


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Subject: [Openvas-devel] Drop Summary-element from NVT meta info?


looking at the summaries provided for each NVT, these information seem
neither be very helpful nor used.
Most NVTs simply copy the name to summary.

Apparently the OpenVAS-Client uses the summary for the tooltips.
I've not identified other places where they are used.

So, how do people here feel about it? Should we drop it entirely? Benefit
would be slightly smaller cache files, a little less memory footprint, etc.
For the meantime, OTP could always copy name to summary to make
OpenVAS-Client happy.

Let me know what you think!



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