OpenVAS image for Docker on Ubuntu

A Docker container for OpenVAS on Ubuntu. By default, the latest images includes the OpenVAS Base as well as the NVTs and Certs required to run OpenVAS. We made the decision to move to 9 as the default branch since 8 seems to have many issues in docker. We suggest you use 9 as it is much more stable. Our Openvas9 build was designed to be a smaller image with fewer extras built in. Please note, OpenVAS 8 is no longer being built as OpenVAS 9 is now standard. The image is can still be pulled from the Docker hub, however the source has been removed in this github as is standard with deprecated Docker Images.

Openvas Version Tag Web UI Port
9 latest/9 443


Simply run:

# latest (9)
docker run -d -p 443:443 --name openvas mikesplain/openvas
# 9
docker run -d -p 443:443 --name openvas mikesplain/openvas:9

This will grab the container from the docker registry and start it up. Openvas startup can take some time (4-5 minutes while NVT’s are scanned and databases rebuilt), so be patient. Once you see a It seems like your OpenVAS-9 installation is OK. process in the logs, the web ui is good to go. Goto https://<machinename>

Username: admin
Password: admin

To check the status of the process, run:

docker top openvas

In the output, look for the process scanning cert data. It contains a percentage.

To run bash inside the container run:

docker exec -it openvas bash

Specify DNS Hostname

By default, the system only allows connections for the hostname “openvas”. To allow access using a custom DNS name, you must use this command:

docker run -d -p 443:443 -e --name openvas mikesplain/openvas

OpenVAS Manager

To use OpenVAS Manager, add port 9390 to you docker run command:

docker run -d -p 443:443 -p 9390:9390 --name openvas mikesplain/openvas

Volume Support

We now support volumes. Simply mount your data directory to /var/lib/openvas/mgr/:

mkdir data
docker run -d -p 443:443 -v $(pwd)/data:/var/lib/openvas/mgr/ --name openvas mikesplain/openvas

Note, your local directory must exist prior to running.

Set Admin Password

The admin password can be changed by specifying a password at runtime using the env variable OV_PASSWORD:

docker run -d -p 443:443 -e OV_PASSWORD=securepassword41 --name openvas mikesplain/openvas

Update NVTs

Occasionally you’ll need to update NVTs. We update the container about once a week but you can update your container by execing into the container and running a few commands:

docker exec -it openvas bash
## inside container
openvasmd --rebuild --progress
openvasmd --update --verbose --progress

/etc/init.d/openvas-manager restart
/etc/init.d/openvas-scanner restart

Docker compose (experimental)

For simplicity a docker-compose.yml file is provided, as well as configuration for Nginx as a reverse proxy, with the following features:

  • Nginx as a reverse proxy
  • Redirect from port 80 (http) to port 433 (https)
  • Automatic SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt
  • A cron that updates daily the NVTs

To run:

LDAP Support (experimental)

Openvas do not support full ldap integration but only per-user authentication. A workaround is in place here by syncing ldap admin user(defined by LDAP_ADMIN_FILTER) with openvas admin users everytime the app start up. To use this, just need to specify the required ldap env variables:

docker run -d -p 443:443 -p 9390:9390 --name openvas -e -e LDAP_BIND_DN=uid=binduid,dc=company,dc=com -e LDAP_BASE_DN=cn=accounts,dc=company,dc=com -e LDAP_AUTH_DN=uid=%s,cn=users,cn=accounts,dc=company,dc=com -e LDAP_ADMIN_FILTER=memberOf=cn=admins,cn=groups,cn=accounts,dc=company,dc=com -e LDAP_PASSWORD=password -e OV_PASSWORD=admin mikesplain/openvas 

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