[Openvas-discuss] OpenVAS not invoking nmap - how to fix?

Whit Blauvelt whit at transpect.com
Wed Aug 8 04:28:47 CEST 2012

Putting this briefly for precision:

What's required for OpenVAS to find and use nmap? I'm assuming the "Full and
fast" config in a default install should use nmap if available? But on both
an Ubuntu 12.04 system with OpenVAS installed from recent sources, and a
Fedora 15 system with OpenVAS installed from Atomicorp packages, despite
nmap being on both systems, it's not used. Because it's not used, the
OpenVAS report is basically null. Lots of processes get run without
complaint, but the report is for practical purposes empty aside from the
repeated list of all the ports it claims it probed, despite no report of
finding the obvious stuff exposed on some of them.

So where's the place to get OpenVAS to use nmap? 

And why doesn't it do it by default, if available, and complain if not? 


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