The OpenVAS folks have provided install instructions for installation on a variety of Red Hat flavors that can be found here. I know they released a virtual appliance with everything up and running. However I wanted to try out the new release on my own Cloud Server. The install instructions for CentOS did not quite get me there. After I followed the instructions on the OpenVAS site I hit the Greenbone UI at https://IP:9392. When I tried to log in a red error message came up that said the OMP service was down. OMP stands for OpenVAS Management Protocol. It is for doing things like starting / stopping scans and creating / deleting users. After fixing the error and getting the service up and running I decide to write this blog so I don’t forget and also maybe this helps somebody else to spare some time when they hit the same issue. Also working on writing a small Ansible playbook just to make it easier to deploy.

$ wget -q -O - |sh
$ yum install openvas
$ openvas-setup
$ openvas-certdata-sync
$ openvas-nvt-sync
$ openvasmd
$ openvasmd --rebuild
$ service openvas-manager restart