Network Security Scanner OpenVAS 3.0.0 Released

On December 18th, 2009, the OpenVAS[1] developer team released OpenVAS 3.0.0.
The release introduces new features and a new architecture which form the basis
for turning the vulnerability scanner into a vulnerability management solution.

The GPL-licensed Open Vulnerability Assessment System (OpenVAS) has become
_the_ Open Source Network Vulnerability Scanner. It is complemented with the 
largest open
collection of vulnerability tests, the daily updated OpenVAS NVT Feed with over
15.000 Network Vulnerability Tests (NVTs).

Exactly 1 year after version 2.0.0 was released, the new 3.0 generation 

* A new internal architecture of the modules
* NVT Meta Information that is free of arbitrary size limits
* IPv6 support
* WMI clients support
* Supports upcoming optional extensions:
   * OpenVAS Manager for storing and organizing scans on a
      central server in a SQL database
   * OpenVAS Administrator for User-, Feed- and Settings-Management
   * Greenbone Security Assistent (GSA) for web-based Vulnerability Management

The new OpenVAS Scanner remains compatible with the OpenVAS NVT Feed
as well as with the Greenbone Security Feed.
Also, it is possible to use the new OpenVAS Scanner with the OpenVAS-Client 2.0.
OpenVAS Client 3.0 can connect to both concurrently, OpenVAS Scanner 3.0 and
OpenVAS Server 2.0 and even connect to OpenVAS Manager via the new OpenVAS
Management Protocol (OMP).

OpenVAS Client 3.0 can connect to both OpenVAS Scanner 3.0 and OpenVAS
Server 2.0 concurrently, and even to OpenVAS Manager via the new
OpenVAS Management Protocol (OMP).

New Module Architecture:
OpenVAS 3.0 introduces a new architecture where openvas-libraries
now includes openvas-libnasl as well as redundant code from openvas-client.
The module openvas-server has been renamed to openvas-scanner and includes any
platform-dependent elements of openvas-plugins. As a result of this,
the total number of source code lines decreased, though new features were added.
Also, for running just the core scanner only 2 modules are required (instead of 
as is the case for OpenVAS 2.0).

Version 3.0 will be maintained by the OpenVAS team for at least 2 years and
the maintenance of Version 2.0 will continue for at least one year.
Version 1.0 is being retired in January 2010.

All download links for OpenVAS 3.0.0 and additional information can be found on
the OpenVAS website[1]. OpenVAS 3.0.0 has been released initially as a source 
package; binary packages for various distributions are expected to follow.

The OpenVAS team would like to thank everybody who has contributed to this
release. We have worked hard to bring you a reliable network security scanner.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to use the public 
mailing list
and our online chat. Please use the OpenVAS bug tracker[2] to report bugs.

The OpenVAS developers would like to wish all users a recreative holiday season
and a happy new year.


Dr. Jan-Oliver Wagner |  ++49-541-335084-0  |
Greenbone Networks GmbH, Neuer Graben 17, 49074 Osnabrück | AG Osnabrück, HR B 
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