How to install OpenVAS vulnerability scanner on CentOS 6.3

OpenVAS is a framework of several services and tools offering a comprehensive and powerful vulnerability scanningand vulnerability management solution. The powerful and comprehensive OpenVAS solution is available as Free Software and maintained on a daily basis.

This tool is very simple and easy to install and here are the steps to install it on CentOS 6.3 server:

  • OpenVas package is not available in standard repos, so we need to add Atomicorp Repository
wget -q -O – |sh
  • You will be prompted to agree, type YES
  • You just wait till the process complete
  • Now lets start the installation of OpenVas
yum install openvas
  • Run the setup to update the vulnerability database and create users and certificates
  • Next run this command
  • During the process you will be asked to create an user and passowrd to acess and manage your installtion of OpenVAS
  • Once completed go to https://localhost:9392 and login with the credentials

In case you got error during the setup regarding plugins no worries, you can run the plugin update manually:


Now you can continue with configuration, adding hosts, adding credentials for scans as well as creating the tasks.


One Reply to “How to install OpenVAS vulnerability scanner on CentOS 6.3”

  1. Hello in that first wget command – is placed as twice or there may be error in your editor. If i copy and run there comes error, only after deleting and typing only once, it executes….Thanks

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