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The plugins are stored on the OpenVAS server. Thus, to make a selection of the plugins to apply you need to connect to a server. Otherwise this page will remain empty.

Screenshot of OpenVAS-Client 1.0 showing the plugin- selection view.
Screenshot of OpenVAS-Client 1.0 showing the plugin- selection view.

The Plugins are separated into a number of families which can be activated or deactivated as a whole by checking the box to the right of family name. Also, a family can be expanded to show all of its member plugins where you can refine the selection by activating or deactivating single plugins using the checkbox to the right of the plugin name.

The column "Warning" contains a warning sign for some plugins. The warning sign means that this plugin may harm the target host by disabling the attacked service or by crashing the host. You should be careful when you enable it since it may disrupt functionality on the target server.

Below the plugin list the total number of plugins loaded from the server is shown, together with the total number of currently selected plugin as well as the number of plugins shown due to an applied filter.

The following actions are possible:

Enable all

Enables all plugins.

Disable all

Disables all plugins.

Expand all

Expands the plugin tree-list to maximum so that the list contains all plugins.

Collapse all

Only show the plugin families.

Enable dependencies at runtime

If you enable this option, the OpenVAS server will automatically enable the plugins needed by the set of plugins you selected.

Silent dependencies

If you enable this option, the OpenVAS server will not report data coming from the plugins that you did not specifically enable.


The filter dialog lets you select plugins with the characteristics you want. Note that you will erase your previous selection by applying a filter.

Automatically enable new plugins

Since version 2.0 of OpenVAS-Client the user may choose whether new plugins should be enabled by default. Directly after fetching any new plugins, a notification will be displayed, showing how many new plugins were found and whether they have been en- or disabled. Earlier versions do automatically enable new plugins and do not show this notification.

Plugin information dialog

Double-clicking on a specific plugin title will raise an information dialog for the respective plugin.

The values shown are the ones specified within the corresponding plugin, like its description, copyright information.

The following actions are possible in this dialog:

Set plugin timeout

Allows you to specify a timeout for the plugin.

Show dependencies

This lists the dependencies for the selected plugin. It also provides information on whether the dependencies are currently enabled or disabled.

Certificate information

Since OpenVAS-Client 2.0.0beta2 (which needs a server version 2.0.0beta2 or newer) the servers certificates can be viewed from within the client. If the plugin that is currently displayed in the plugin information dialog has one or more signatures, the names of and trust relation the signer(s) will be displayed. Next to name and trust level is a button that allows to see the signers certificate.

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