the OpenVAS developers are proud to announce that
the test phase for the upcoming 2.0 series starts
with the 2.0-beta1 release.

If you like to be a beta-tester you are very welcome
and you should read this announcement very carefully.

Major new features are:

 * Internal change from the old ID scheme to the new
   OID scheme. Old IDs are mapped into the OID scheme.
 * OpenVAS Transfer Protocol (OTP) 1.0 replaces
   Nessus Transfer Protocol (NTP) 1.2.
   This includes numerous cleanups of the protocol
   and the transition to OIDs for identifying NVTs.

 * Support of OVAL: OpenVAS server can execute
   OVAL files just like NASL scripts. The "ovaldi" test programme
   is needed for this, but in combination with OpenVAS it
   does not need to run on the target system anymore. 
   The beta1 release offers a preliminary support for
   Redhat Enterprise Linux OVAL tests. 

Apart from this, various internal cleanups happened and
further will be done for the final 2.0.0 release.

The changes affect the modules openvas-libraries, openvas-libnasl,
openvas-server and of course OpenVAS-Client.

The openvas-plugins module remains compatible with both,
the 1.0 and 2.0 series of OpenVAS.
This also means, the OpenVAS NVT feed is compatible for
both release series.

However, if you like to try out the beta version of the upcoming
2.0 release, you should install it separately from your 1.0 stable

The OpenVAS-Client packages offers a experimental converter tool
"openvas1_to_openvas2.sh" in the tools directory of the source code
package. It will convert all of your configuration files, reports and
plugin caches in your ($HOME)/.openvas direcory from old ID to new
OID scheme. This conversion allows to keep old files and this way
make your data compatible for both, OpenVAS-Client 1.0 and 2.0.
Keeping compatibility means doubled disk space consumption, though.
Be aware that the new OpenVAS-Client 2.0 will not create files
that are backward compatible with 1.0!
Try the option "--help" to learn more about the converter script.

The OpenVAS team very much appreciates reports on any experiences
with this first beta of the 2.0 series. Please report
on the OpenVAS mailing lists.

Download: All download links can be found on the OpenVAS homepage.

Of course, the OpenVAS 1.0 series will be further maintained by
the OpenVAS team.

Best regards (on behalf of the growing OpenVAS developer team that
made this new generation of OpenVAS possible)

        Jan-Oliver Wagner

Dr. Jan-Oliver Wagner                                   Intevation GmbH
Amtsgericht Osnabrück, HR B 18998             http://www.intevation.de/
Geschäftsführer: Frank Koormann, Bernhard Reiter, Dr. Jan-Oliver Wagner
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