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A scope can be seen as a sub-task. It defines a certain security scan. The title should indicate the scope of this scan, e.g. "Careful scan of web server production system", "Aggressive scan of web server alpha test system" or "All Sun workstations".

Comments can also be specified for each scope and may explain the scope in more detail as well as contain any other helpful hints regarding the respective scope.

The scope is associated with a full set of options for the security scan. When creating a new scope, the general settings are copied. The scan options are explained in detail in a later section.

It should be noted that a connection to an OpenVAS server is established within the context of a specific scope. If a scope is connected to the server, a scan based on the settings for this scope can be executed. An icon to the right of the scope title indicates the connection status of this scope. This means a task can contain a selection of scopes that connect to different OpenVAS servers with different plugins.

Next, a scope may contain a number of reports. Whenever a scope is successfully executed, the resulting report is added to its list of reports. Also, importing a report from a file or from an OpenVAS server will add the report to the currently selected scope.

Please note that changes to a scope are always and only stored when executing a scan. If you make changes to a scope like a new plugin selection and leave OpenVAS-Client without running a scan, these changes will be discarded.

Possible operations for scopes are:


The scope configuration is stored to disk and a security scan is executed with the currently specified options using the currently connected OpenVAS server.


Adds a new scope entitled "unnamed" as part of the currently selected task. As a default the global settings are copied. Note, that only explicitly saved global settings are taken as defaults. If you changed them inside OpenVAS-Client without saving them, they will have no effect.


Allows to edit the title in the treelist either by clicking on the title or by selecting the corresponding menu item.


This means the removal of all associated reports and thus the removal action prompts for a confirmation.

Move to task

It is possible to move a scope with all of its reports from one task to another. This menu item has subitems which represent the other tasks. Select one of them and the scope will be moved.


You can load a scope file and add it to the current task with this menu command. Note that here only the parameter sets are covered but not the reports which are represented by files of their own. So, opening and saving (see below) scopes is a method to transfer your settings to someone else or to create a copy of the current scope for yourself.

Save As

Saves the current scope to a file (which is of openvasrc type). Note that only the parameter sets are stored but not the reports. See the description of "Open" above for more hints.

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