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How To Install OpenVAS on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Install OpenVAS on Ubuntu 22.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install OpenVAS on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, OpenVAS is an open-source vulnerability assessment tool used for performing security assessments on computer systems and networks. It is designed to help security professionals identify potential security vulnerabilities and remediate them. OpenVAS provides a centralized platform for conducting network and web application security scans, and it can be used to identify and assess the risk level of various types of security vulnerabilities, including missing patches, misconfigurations, and weak passwords.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the OpenVAS vulnerability assessment system on your Ubuntu system. You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for OpenVAS.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install OpenVAS on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install wget apt-transport-https gnupg2 software-properties-common

Step 2. Installing SQLite on Ubuntu 22.04.

By default, SQLite is available on Ubuntu 22.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to install the latest stable version of SQLite to your Ubuntu system:

sudo apt install sqlite3

Verify the version installed of SQLite:

sqlite3 --version

For additional resources on installing SQLite, read the post below:

Step 3. Installing OpenVAS on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

By default, OpenVAS is available on Ubuntu 22.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to add the OpenVAS PPA repository to your Ubuntu system:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mrazavi/openvas

After the repository was added, we will be able to start installation using the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install openvas

Step 4. Configure OpenVAS.

Once installing OpenVAS on Ubuntu Linux, you need to configure it. You can use the following steps to configure OpenVAS.

Update the OpenVAS NVT (Network Vulnerability Test) feed by running the following command:

sudo openvas-nvt-sync

Next, update the OpenVAS SCAP (Security Content Automation Protocol) data by running the following command:

sudo openvas-scapdata-sync

Then, update the OpenVAS CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) data by running the following command:

sudo openvas-certdata-sync

Finally, start the OpenVAS manager and scanner by running the following command below:

sudo openvasmd --rebuild
sudo openvassd

Step 5. Accessing OpenVAS Web Interface.

Once successfully installed, open your web browser and access the OpenVAS Web UI using the URL http://your-IP-address:9392. Login to the OpenVAS web interface using the default username (admin) and password (admin).

Install OpenVAS on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

Congratulations! You have successfully installed OpenVAS. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the OpenVAS vulnerability assessment scanner on the Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy Jellyfish system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official OpenVAS website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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