With the never ending destructive attacks of hackers allow them to make a way through networks. Therefore, System administrators need a way to identify vulnerabilities in a consistent and simple way.
If users have a simple way of identifying security problems by running series of some automated checks, wouldn’t it be nice??
“If you prefer to travel light and free, try OpenVAS, a GPLed fork of the Nessus scanning tool”
There is a popular and powerful tool for security analysis called OpenVAS. OpenVAS stands for Open Vulnerability Assessment System. It aims to be capable of performing local and remote security checks.
OpenVAS scans computer networks for presence of known security problems and discover potential bugs. It is also a web vulnerability scanner. One can have the power of OpenVAS by using User Interface tool called the GreenBone.
OpenVAS is a framework that supports the reporting and scanning of your system vulnerabilities. One can scan his/her system, and OpenVAS gives a varity list of security issues in detail. It organizes the information efficiently and also offer important details on the problems and what to do about it.
OpenVas is a open source tool with linux environment. Its security scanner is available to download as a virtual appliance and in some security toolkits it is included.
OpenVAS is often tie up with some other security tools into specialized security – themed Linux distribution. It can save your time as it has a dedicated security distribution.
You have readily available more tools depending on what you turn up with your analysis. one of the most popular distribution named as Kali Linux is preinstalled with OpenVAS.
With the passage of time as the IT infrastructure complexity increases, more vulnerability scanners become indispensable. If you don’t feel secure in retaining professional hacker consulting services, then you might to use OpenVAS for detecting vulnerabilities.
Scanning the ports on your network regularly prevent intruders from sneaking in. when scanning the network, hackers look for open ports exploits. Therefore in case of exploiting websites openVAS scans all possible versions of web server and shows the vulnerable paths. But if you are having more servers like hundred of servers the you definitely needs a professional help.
OpenVAS Beta test is targeted at experienced developers and users of security solutions.