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About the OpenVAS Project

(by Michael Wiegand)

OpenVAS stands for Open Vulnerability Assessment System and is a comprehensive tool-chain for network security scanning including a graphical user front-end and various third-party security applications. The core is a server component with a set of Network Vulnerability Tests (NVTs) to detect security problems in remote systems and applications.

The OpenVAS development team consists of various parties from academia and commercial entities as well as individuals. The majority of the team members have a long professional record in security consulting and/or software development.

The OpenVAS project is open to new members. Formal processes exist only where helpful, e.g. becoming a team member just means to take part in the process (design, development, tests, reviews, packaging, support, and more).

All OpenVAS products are Free Software under the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL).

OpenVAS derives from the Nessus project which turned into a proprietary product, but OpenVAS has evolved independently since then.


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