Analyzing an OpenVAS Vulnerability Scan Report

Hands-On Lab

 

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Bob Salmans

Security Training Architect I in Content

Length

00:30:00

Difficulty

Beginner

In this lab, we will be analyzing an exported OpenVAS vulnerability scan report. We'll take a look at the report's contents and identified vulnerabilities.

What are Hands-On Labs?

Hands-On Labs are scenario-based learning environments where learners can practice without consequences. Don't compromise a system or waste money on expensive downloads. Practice real-world skills without the real-world risk, no assembly required.

Analyzing an OpenVAS Vulnerability Scan Report

Introduction

In this lab, we will analyze an exported OpenVAS vulnerability scan report. We'll take a look at the report's contents and identified vulnerabilities.

Setting Up the Environment

We will connect to our lab server using VNC. The IP address and login credentials are provided on the lab instructions page.

VNC connections will be different for each operating system.

For Mac users:

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Press Command+K on your keyboard to bring up the Connect to server window.
    • Alternatively, expand Go in the menu at the top of the screen and click Connect to Server.
  3. In the Connect to Server window, connect to vnc://<IP_ADDRESS>:5901, making sure to replace <IP_ADDRESS> with the IP address you were provided in the hands-on lab instructions.

Install Xpdf

  1. Run an update.
    sudo apt-get update
  2. Enter your password at the prompt.
  3. Install Xpdf.
    sudo apt-get install -y xpdf

Download and Analyze the OpenVAS Vulnerability Scan Report

  1. Open your web browser and navigate to the provided GitHub URL.
  2. Download the report.
  3. Save the file to your Downloads directory.
  4. Browse the report and familiarize yourself with the information it contains.

Conclusion

Congratulations, you've successfully completed this hands-on lab!