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Tool Architecture

Greenbone uses, extends and improves the Open Vulnerability Assessment System (OpenVAS) as a base technology of the Greenbone Security Solutions.

Interfaces to Greenbone Security Solutions

Three interfaces to the Greenbone Security Solutions are available.

  • Web interface (Vulnerability Management Made Easy): The Greenbone Security Assistant is a web client. It works without any active content and therefore works flawless even in environments with restrictive web content filters. It impressively demonstrates how to offer a comfortable user interface and full feature set even without active content.

  • Desktop Interface (Vulnerability Management Control Center): The Greenbone Security Desktop offers the full integration of an application running on your PC. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. Apart from a fast user interface it offers to organize your threat management control center.

  • CLI interface (Vulnerability Management Batch Process Integration): For automating batch processes a command line tool is available for Windows, Mac OS X and various Linux/Unix versions. It is possible to build your own complete remote control system with the CLI tool.

Component Architecture

The internal architecture follows the approach of task-oriented components. In other words, instead of an all-in-one-tool, each task is designed as a service. For example, the OpenVAS Manager is a client of the OpenVAS Scanner service. At the same time the OpenVAS Manager is a service for the Greenbone Security Assistant.

  • Small, focussed components can be implemented and operated transparently and securely. Each components uses only the system privileges that it needs to operate properly.
  • Each of the service components offers a well-defined communication protocol.