INOVASC is a independent, web-based OpenVAS scan client.
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INOVASC - Independend OpenVAS Client

1/10/2012 Frank4DD (

For some years I had been working on NessusWC - a Web frontend for executing scans with Nessus. When Nessus went commercial in 2008, it has been forked over into OpenVAS. Therefore, NessusWC has been adapted to work with the OpenVAS scanner and it was renamed to INOVASC , the IN dependent O pen VAS S can C lient.

The idea to write the NessusWC client came in 2004 out of the need to manage a Nessus scanner farm with a unified and SIMPLE client accessible from anywhere, regardless of the OS platform. Existing web-based Nessus clients weren't easy to set up, and their usage was overly complicated.

Design Goals:

  • Create a OpenVAS client software package that can be compiled and installed independently of OpenVAS.

  • The web interface should rely purely on CGI technology and be as simple and robust as possible.


  • OpenSSL library and headers
  • libcgic library and headers


Apart from the Makefiles in the root and src/ directories, check the file nessuswc.h in the src/ directory. the upper section can be configured to set the URL location and the default nessus login parameters.


INOVASC depends on the OpenSSL libraries and on libcgic from

Common compilation problems are: Installing libcgic or openssl libraries in a nonstandard path and/or not setting /etc/ and running ldconfig.

You can work around it by setting the path to the includes/libs explicit in the Makefile by adding the -I</path/to/includes> and -L<path/to/libs> to the compiler options.


Add the cgi path to the webservers configuration, i.e. for apache 1.3 add a line like this to httpd.conf:

ScriptAlias /inovasc/cgi-bin/ "/var/apache/htdocs/inovasc/cgi-bin/" or where the inovasc web home directory has been set up.

The software is compiled with a "default" OpenVAS server IP, port (9391) and a openvassd scan user using client certificate authentication. Create this user on the openvassd server using /sbin/ openvas-mkcert-client. Copy the generated client certificate to the /path/to/inovasc/etc directory and make it readable to the webserver. Also, you'll need to create a /path/to/inovasc/results directory that is writeable by the webserver. A detailled description can be found at


It is highly adviseable to add a webserver directive and file system access control to prevent the /path/to/inovasc/etc directory from being displayable or otherwise accessible as the certificate also contains the private key. The same is true for the writeable /path/to/inovasc/results directory, it should be secured (i.e. by a Apache directive). The client certificate should be generated to match the IP/DNS name of the client and certificate verification settings should be set strict in nessusd.conf.

Comments, help, bugfixes or enhancements and requests are always welcome under

See also