greenbone-nvt-sync - Man Page

updates the OpenVAS NVTs from Greenbone Security Feed or Community Feed




The OpenVAS Scanner performs several security checks. These are called Network Vulnerability Tests (NVTs) and are implemented in the programming language NASL. Some NVTs are wrappers for external tools. As new vulnerabilities are published every day, new NVTs appear in the Greenbone Security Feed. This feed is commercial and requires a respective subscription key. In case no subscription key is present, the update synchronisation will use the Community Feed instead.

The script greenbone-nvt-sync will fetch all new and updated security checks and install them at the proper location. Once this is done OpenVAS Scanner, openvas(8) will automatically detect that new and updated NVTs are present and consider them for next activities.

See Also

For more information see: openvas(8),


This manual page was written by Jan-Oliver Wagner <>.

The greenbone-nvt-sync script was written by Greenbone Networks GmbH.


January 2011 The OpenVAS Project User Manuals