I have Openvas 5.1.1 (gui: Greenbone Security Assistant Version 7.0.2).

It misidentifies my linux server as a printer. Scan result includes


If you want to scan the remote host, uncheck the 'Exclude printers from scan' option within the 'Global variable settings' and re-scan it.

Using the web UI, I can see the settings:

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but I can't find out how to change it. The configuration files doesn't include any such option:

root@kali:~# find / -name openvas*conf
root@kali:~# cat /etc/openvas/openvassd.conf

Actually the documentation doesn't include that option for the openvassd.conf file, at all: http://www.openvas.org/compendium/advanced-configuration-server.html

Any ideas?

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    You can include a lot of the config options in the openvassd.conf file but I don't believe you can set the printer option. You might want to post this on a openvas forum
    – pm1391
    Apr 27, 2018 at 0:05

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The problem seems to me that you're trying to edit a pre-made and static configuration. You're correct that you're not supposed to change it in the .conf file. What I'd recommend doing is:

1 Cloning the scan you want (In this case "Full and Very Deep Ultimate") by clicking the sheep icon next to it in the "Scan Configs" page.

2 Going back to the "Scan Configs" page, from the page it will take you too and editing it by clicking the wrench button.

3 Scroll to the bottom and click on the folder icon next to "Network Vulnerability Test Preferences".

4 Scroll down until you reach "Global variable settings Exclude printers from scan", and click on the wrench icon to edit.

5 Look for "Exclude printers from scan", and disable it.

Hope this helps. :)

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    As this answer is correct it should be noted that the "Exclude printers from scan" should be changed only if this is actually a printer and you're sure that it can handle the scan (there are quite a lot printers out there with a fragile network stack. Additionally if a linux server got identified as a printer please report such plugin issues directly to lists.wald.intevation.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/…
    – cfischer
    May 10, 2018 at 14:36

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