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OpenVAS Frequently Asked Questions

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The Questions

How are local tests conducted on nodes?
I am not getting all the results I expect.

The Answers

How are local tests conducted on nodes?

There are various mechanisms.

For Linux systems SSH is used to connect and perform local tests and the SLAD mechanism can be used to perform more extensive testing (e.g. password auditing). SSH functions are defined in the ssh_func.inc file. SLAD functions are defined in the slad_ssh.inc file.

For Windows platforms the SMB and WMI protocol is used.

I am not getting all the results I expect.

Many tests (both local and remote) require access credentials. Make sure they are filled out.

Why am I getting so few vulnerabilities in my reports?

See Above.