OpenVAS is an opensource and free vulnerability scanner. Tonight I’ve been struggling to log into the web interface for the OpenVAS web application on Kali Linux. I don’t remember installing it but I don’t have the password and the instructions I’ve found to reset the password have not been working for me. I tried a few ways to uninstall OpenVAS completely to start again, and was also having trouble with this until I found this guide which explains how to achieve this:
sudo apt autoremove sudo apt-get purge openvas* sudo apt-get purge openvas9* sudo apt-get purge openvas* sudo apt-get purge libopenvas9 sudo apt-get purge libopenvas9-dev sudo apt autoremove sudo rm -rf /var/lib/openvas/
After that, reinstall using
sudo apt install openvas
For reference, here is the version of Linux I was using:
└─$ uname -a Linux Kali 5.9.0-kali1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 5.9.1-1kali2 (2020-10-29) x86_64 GNU/Linux
Update coming soon to say whether or not this fixed the password issue.
** UPDATE **
Still had some issues that I wasn’t bothered to figure out. Turns out that OpenVAS isn’t really a thing any more, but Greenbone Security Manager Trial is the successor for free vulnerability scanning.