[Openvas-discuss] Some OpenVAS questions

Robert Rich rrich at gsti.net
Thu Oct 1 17:51:45 CEST 2009

I _think_ the reason for the dearth of options in this space is that as soon as someone comes up with something interesting, they turn it into a commercial service.  Consider that Nessus has been around for over 10 years and you still have very little to choose from.

My suggestion would be to try out Inprotect and/or Autonessus to run the scans, parse the results and store the data, and then use your own reporting tools on top of that to get the output format and content you are after.  There are some incredibly advanced open source reporting and business intelligence tools (Pentaho comes to mind), or you can use whatever may already be in place at your organization.  Regardless, there *is* going to be some work on your end, possibly a significant amount of it, but there are enough pieces and parts out there today that you don't have to do it from scratch.

Good luck!

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From: openvas-discuss-bounces at wald.intevation.org on behalf of Michiel van Es
Sent: Thu 10/1/2009 11:11 AM
To: Jan-Oliver Wagner
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Subject: Re: [Openvas-discuss] Some OpenVAS questions

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [Openvas-discuss] Some OpenVAS questions
From: Jan-Oliver Wagner <Jan-Oliver.Wagner at greenbone.net>
To: openvas-discuss at wald.intevation.org
<openvas-discuss at wald.intevation.org>
Date: 10/01/2009 05:01 PM

> Hello,
> On Donnerstag, 1. Oktober 2009, Michiel van Es wrote:
>> First of all I would like to say thank you for such a nice open source
>> and free alternative for Nessus.
> thanks!


>> I am using OpenVAS with the OpenVAS-client to scan my networks but are
>> there any tools like Inprotect to manage these scans?
>> I see Autonessus but is there also a tool which can create pie charts or
>>  pdf's.
>> The html is very very nice but I want to create a report over the last
>> month, year etc and pie charts and some nice graps help convincing my
>> management ;)
> Many OpenVAS users dump the results into a database and create their
> own reporting mechanism based on this.

Hmm would be nice if users share it with the community (so OpenVAS can
grow bigger and have more potential).

> Greenbone is currently working on the "Greenbone Security Assistant" (gsa)
> which should support in this direction as a web front end.
> However, the backend for this is openvas-manager.

Greenbone is a paid solution right? If so I can also pay a Nessus
professional feed license and use Nessus with Inprotect.
I am looking for a free as in free beer solution :)
Sorry but my company is on a low budget that is why I am looking for
free beer alternatives ;)

> All the best


> 	Jan
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