Free and Open Source security scanning software

I was pretty disappointed when I discovered today that Nessus, the security scanner I've used for many years now, had discontinued its free plugin feed. The plugin feed is used to disseminate updated security alerts in an automated fashion to the security scanner, as they become available. The price tag on Nessus' new "Professional Feed": $1200.

Thanks, but no thanks. Luckily, it looks like a team has already created a fork of Nessus 2.2 (before it when closed-source) called OpenVAS--and they even provide backports for Debian Etch, our distribution of choice.

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