No SCAP db present, rebuilding SCAP db from scratch

I am receiving this message after install openvas in my kali linux.

The SCAP database is required

I tried the commands to resync the SCAP but without sucess.

Any suggestions ?

GVM versions

gsad: (‘gsad --version’)
gsad --version
Oops, secure memory pool already initialized
Greenbone Security Assistant 20.08.1~git

gvmd: (‘gvmd --version’)

Greenbone Vulnerability Manager 20.08.1
Manager DB revision 233
Copyright © 2009-2021 Greenbone Networks GmbH
License: AGPL-3.0-or-later

openvas-scanner: (‘openvas --version’, in older GVM versions < 11: ‘openvassd --version’)
OpenVAS 20.8.1
gvm-libs 20.8.1
Most new code since 2005: © 2021 Greenbone Networks GmbH
Nessus origin: © 2004 Renaud Deraison
License GPLv2: GNU GPL version 2


Operating system:
Kernel: (‘uname -a’)
Linux kali 5.4.83-Re4son-v8+ #1 SMP PREEMPT Sat May 15 03:11:57 UTC 2021 aarch64 GNU/Linux

Installation method / source: apt-get install openvas

Hi Duzolini,

I’ve faced this problem on Kali, just follow the steps below to solve it:

#Open your terminal

  1. Stop the service: sudo gvm-stop
    Note: repeat this command twice to ensure the service stops completely

  2. sudo runuser -u _gvm – greenbone-nvt-sync --rsync

  3. sudo greenbone-scapdata-sync

  4. sudo greenbone-certdata-sync

  5. Restart the machine and try again

Hope it helps you


Please note that AFAIK all three command (and every other command used for GVM) should be run as the user which was used to setup GVM:

If e.g. the “root” user is used you might break the permissions of the GVM setup so tat e.g. the mentioned _gvm user doesn’t have access permissions to mandatory files.

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