License information

License information for Greenbone Security Feed

The Greenbone Security Feed consists of three parts

  • the Network Vulnerability Tests as executed by OpenVAS
  • the SCAP data
  • the CERT data

Buying a Greenbone Subscription entails agreeing to two different contract types: You enter into our Service Level Agreement (SLA), for example the “Greenbone Platinum Support”, and you accept the license conditions as cited below.

Network Vulnerability Tests

Below you will find the content of the file COPYING which is always delivered as part of the Greenbone Security Feed and for regular installations to be found under the path “/var/lib/openvas/plugins/”. The accompanying files COPYING.GPLv2 and COPYING.files are also to be found there and all three are downloadable below as well.

License information for Greenbone Security Feed
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The effective license for the Network Vulnerability Tests 
(NVTs) of the Greenbone Security Feed is the 
GNU General Public License Version 2 (GNU GPLv2).

The separate signatures files (files ending with ".asc")
are proprietary datafiles of Greenbone Networks GmbH.
These files prove that the corresponding NVTs have undergone
the Greenbone quality assurance process and therefore are
eligible for our customer support. Also, the signature
files prove that the corresponding NVTs have not been
compromised by a third party.

Only one set of the signature files is permitted per
Greenbone Subscription per scan engine. A scan engine
is either a Greenbone Security Manager appliance or
a custom OpenVAS setup.

The default license for new NVT's is the "GNU GPLv2 or any
later version" (GNU GPLv2+). There are, however, several
NVT's licensed under "GNU GPLv2" and "GPLv2 or GPLv3".

GPLv2: See file COPYING.GPLv2

The detailed list of the NVTs and the licenses applicable to 
each of them is created automatically and stored in file
"COPYING.files".

For more information please contact Greenbone Networks GmbH:
http://www.greenbone.net or info@greenbone.net
  • COPYING: License Information for Greenbone Security Feed
  • COPYING.GPLv2: GNU General Public License version 2
  • COPYING.files (1.3MByte): Detailed licence list. This list is automatically updated. See COPYING for further information. This constitutes an example from August 27th 2013.

SCAP Data

Below you will find the content of the file COPYING which is always delivered as part of the Greenbone Security Feed and for regular installations to be found under the path “/var/lib/openvas/scap-data/”.

This directory contains SCAP data provided by The MITRE Corporation and the
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

CVE is a publicly available and free to use list or dictionary of standardized
identifiers for common computer vulnerabilities and exposures. The master copy
of the CVE List is maintained for the community by MITRE. You may download the
CVE List, copy it, redistribute it, reference it, and analyze it, provided you
do not modify CVE itself as per the Terms of Use listed at
http://cve.mitre.org/about/termsofuse.html. For more details, visit
http://cve.mitre.org/.

CPE is a structured naming scheme for information technology systems, software,
and packages. This directory contains a copy of the official CPE Product
Dictionary. The dictionary provides an agreed upon list of official CPE names.
The dictionary is provided in XML format and is available to the general
public. The CPE Dictionary hosted and maintained at NIST may be used by
nongovernmental organizations on a voluntary basis and is not subject to
copyright in the United States. Attribution would, however, be appreciated by
NIST.  For more details, visit http://nvd.nist.gov/cpe.cfm.

OVAL is an information security community effort to standardize how to assess
and report upon the machine state of computer systems. It is international in
scope and free for public use. The OVAL Language and any resulting OVAL content
based upon the language that is stored in the OVAL Repository are free to use
by any organization or individual for any research, development, and/or
commercial purposes, per the Terms of Use listed at
http://oval.mitre.org/about/termsofuse.html. For more details, visit
http://oval.mitre.org/.

CERT Data

Below you will find the content of the file COPYING which is always delivered as part of the Greenbone Security Feed and for regular installations to be found under the path “/var/lib/openvas/cert-data/”.

This directory contains advisory data from various CERTs (Computer Emergency
Response Teams). Below is a list of the license notices from each CERT.


CERT-Bund (files CB-K*.xml)
---------------------------

This directory contains advisory data provided by BSI. You are given the
non-exclusive, royalty-free license to download, copy, reference, analyze
and redistribute it. This data must not be modified and BSI's copyright
designation and license have to be reproduced in any copy.


DFN-CERT (files dfn-cert-*.xml)
-------------------------------

This directory contains advisory data provided by DFN-CERT Services GmbH
(DFN-CERT). This data is provided to allow a mapping between the CVE
dictionary and advisories as provided by DFN-CERT. You are given the
non-exclusive, royalty-free license to download it, copy it, redistribute it,
reference and analyze it. A modification of the data is only allowed as far
as the original mapping semantics are kept intact. DFN-CERT's copyright
designation and license have to be reproduced in any copy.

Greenbone OS

Below you will find the content of the file COPYING which is delivered with Greenbone OS under the root directory (“/”).

Greenbone OS consists of a number of software packages, essentially based
on Debian GNU/Linux. You will find the license information for any package
under /usr/share/doc/PACKAGENAME/copyright. In essence you are permitted
to use the product for any purpose, but for redistribution you have
to consider the respective licenses conditions.

You are, however, not permitted to redistribute the Greenbone Security Feed
access key which is part of a Greenbone Subscription. The key is located under
"/etc/openvas/". Customers who entered into a service Level Agreement are not
allowed to use the access key with more than one scan engine. In case of
non-compliance we reserve the right to terminate the Service Level Agreement.

For binaries that you receive from Greenbone that are licensed under any
version of the GNU General Public License (GPL) or the GNU LGPL, you can
receive a complete machine-readable copy of the source code by sending a
written request to:

Greenbone Network GmbH
Neumarkt 12
49074 Osnabrück
Germany

Your request should include:
(i) the name of the covered binary,
(ii) the version number of the Greenbone product containing the covered binary,
(iii) your name,
(iv) your company name (if applicable) and
(v) your return mailing and email address (if available).
We may charge you a nominal fee to cover the cost of the media and
distribution. Your request must be sent within three (3) years of the date you
received the GPL or LGPL covered code.

For your convenience, some or all of the source code may also be found at:
http://docs.greenbone.net/index.html#source_code_documentation
Also for convenience, the source codes for all the operating system base modules
are generally available for immediate download.
You will find the license information on the Greenbone Security Feed as file
COPYING under "/var/lib/openvas/plugins/".

Use of Trademarks

“Greenbone” is a trademark of the Greenbone Networks GmbH. The licensing of the software under free and open source licenses does not imply a trademark license. Therefore any rights, title and interest in our trademarks remain entirely with us.

 

 

Open Source

We strongly believe in the Open Source concept and are ourselves a major contributor to Open Source communities. Therefore, we’ve made the Greenbone technology transparent, and anyone interested may audit our code base.