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OpenVAS Change Request #5: Remove BPF sharing feature

Status: Voted +4. Implemented with SVN 728. Released with openvas-libraries 1.0.1.


To reduce code base.

To avoid potential stability problem with a feature marked as highly experimental.


Discussion on openvas-devel mailing list.


This feature was marked as highly experimental already in the old Nessus times. According to the documentation the feature is only relevant for BSD platforms where a specific kernel option is not set and can not be modified.

Additionally, Flawfinder alerts about potential serious problems that appear to not be solvable easily.

Apart from this, there seem to be no OpenVAS users that use the feature (i.e., configure with option --enable-bpf-sharing).


Design and Implementation