Using OpenVAS on Kali Linux 2020

Using OpenVAS on Kali Linux 2020

After a few months off, I decided to update my Kali laptop today and return to some ethical hacking shenanigans and also to see if the frustrating bug present in OpenVas 8 was still there (where you couldn’t specify a range as a target either in the GUI or Command Line).

After a few round of updates and clean up, I found that running:


did nothing, nor did


I double checked and tried to install OpenVAS and got a message saying:

Using GVM instead

And then another message saying GVM was already installed

It appears that along with their rebrand from OpenVAS to Greenbone Vulnerability Management (GVM), they have renamed a bunch of the executables for the application because when, on whim I tried running:


it triggered the setup previously run by the openvas-setup command:

I’m guessing all commands prepended with openvas- will now be gvm.

I’m sure plenty of others will figure it out but thought I’d post in case either:

a) I forget

b) Or discover more little nuances and need somewhere to store them!

Bob McKay

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Bob is a Founder of Seguro Ltd, a full time father and husband, part-time tinkerer-with-wires, coder, Muay Thai practitioner, builder and cook. Big fan of equality, tolerance and co-existence.

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1 comments on «Using OpenVAS on Kali Linux 2020»

  1. Carey says:

    Thanks for the article, it helped me a lot.

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