OpenVAS for simple vulnerability scanning

I’ve been looking for a simple security vulnerability scanning tool for a while now. OpenVAS looked promising in the past, but I always had trouble getting it to work. I decided to work through it this weekend and figure out what I was doing wrong. In a nutshell, here it is:

GSM Community Edition and lagging OpenVAS Plugin Feed

The bottom line is that the free community version doesn’t update the feed except for daily. Per the link, you can manually force it at the initial setup and then wait about 30 minutes for the feed to download. This is what I did and now I have an excellent scanner! I also now have a list of things to fix on my home network. 🙂