The Greenbone Vulnerability Management Tools gvm-tools are a collection of tools that help with remote controlling a Greenbone Security Manager (GSM) appliance and its underlying Greenbone Vulnerability Management (GVM) framework. The tools aid in accessing the communication protocols GMP (Greenbone Management Protocol) and OSP (Open Scanner Protocol).
This module is comprised of interactive and non-interactive clients. The programming language Python is supported directly for interactive scripting. But it is also possible to issue remote GMP/OSP commands without programming in Python.
See the documentation
for all supported installation options.
Please consider to always use the newest version of
We freqently update this projects to add features and keep them free from bugs.
This is why installing
gvm-tools using pip is recommended.
The current release of
gvm-tools can be used with all supported GOS versions.
Python 3.7 and later is supported.
Install using pip
You can install the latest stable release of gvm-tools from the Python Package
Index using pip:
pip install --user gvm-tools
There are several clients to communicate via GMP/OSP.
All clients have the ability to build a connection in various ways:
* Unix Socket * TLS Connection * SSH Connection
This tool sends plain GMP/OSP commands and prints the result to the standard
Return the current protocol version used by the server:
gvm-cli socket --xml "<get_version/>"
Return all tasks visible to the GMP user with the provided credentials:
gvm-cli --gmp-username foo --gmp-password bar socket --xml "<get_tasks/>"
Read a file with GMP commands and return the result:
gvm-cli --gmp-username foo --gmp-password bar socket myfile.xml
gvm-cli will by default print an error message and exit with a
non-zero exit code when a command is rejected by the server. If this kind of
error handling is not desired, the unparsed XML response can be requested using
gvm-cli socket --raw --xml "<authenticate/>"
This tool has a lot more features than the simple
gvm-cli client. You
have the possibility to create your own custom gmp or osp scripts with commands
from the python-gvm library and from
Python 3 itself.
# Retrieve current GMP version version = gmp.get_version() # Prints the XML in beautiful form from gvmtools.helper import pretty_print pretty_print(version) # Retrieve all tasks tasks = gmp.get_tasks() # Get names of tasks task_names = tasks.xpath('task/name/text()') pretty_print(task_names)
More example scripts
There is a growing collection of gmp-scripts in the
Some of them might be exactly what you need and all of them help writing
your own gmp scripts.
Example program use
Connect with given credentials via a unix domain socket and open an interactive
gvm-pyshell --gmp-username user --gmp-password pass socket
Connect through SSH connection and open the interactive shell:
gvm-pyshell --hostname 127.0.0.1 ssh