I'm trying to perform local security checks using OpenVAS on a remote machine, from my Backtrack5r3 machine. I have followed the official OpenVAS guide Howto: Perform local security checks and I have checked that connecting via SSH both with and without a password to the remote machine from my Backtrack machine works. However, when I start a Task in OpenVAS and monitor the network traffic using Wireshark, I see that there is absolutely NO packet captured, which uses the SSH protocol. I mean that OpenVAS does not even attempt to connect to the remote machine via SSH.
The OpenVAS report is empty which leads me to believe there are some missing dependencies and/or configuration issues. However, I was expecting Backtrack to be able to do OpenVAS local security checks out-of-the-box.
Note that if I run a "Full and fast" scan on the same machine the OpenVAS report does contain threats and logs, which are normal for a remote scan. However, I want to perform a local security check which requires my machine to log-into the remote machine via SSH.
Does anyone have an idea about how I can fix this problem? There isn't too much out there on OpenVAS local security checks.