[Openvas-discuss] OpenVAS-Client batch mode doesn't provide NVTs in XML output

Chris Kolb chris at gdsx.com
Fri Aug 7 16:32:05 CEST 2009

Hi all,


I'm attempting to schedule some cron jobs to perform automatic scans.
The scan seems to go well, and outputs lots of relevant information.
However, I'm outputting in XML and I've noticed that the NVT list does
not show up.  Instead, I get an XML element that says "<error txt="No
NVT list."/>".  When I do the same scan using the UI client and export
the report as XML, the NVTs are listed.  Unfortunately the parsing that
I'm doing for displaying the reports requires that the NVTs be present
in the output.  Is there any way to get the client to include the NVTs
in the XML output when scanning in batch mode?


Here's what I've tried:


OpenVAS-Client -c config.rc -T xml -qx localhost 9390 batch <password>
targets output.xml


I also tried adding -p and -S to see what happens, but the client just
disconnects immediately after outputting the plugin list to std-output
and does not perform the scan.


Chris Kolb
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