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Register PVS Offline via the CLI

If your PVS installation cannot reach the Internet directly, use the following procedure to register and update plugins:

On the system running PVS, type the following command:

Platform

Command to Run

Red Hat Linux / CentOS

# /opt/pvs/bin/pvs --challenge

Windows

C:\Program Files\Tenable\PVS\pvs --challenge

macOS

# /Library/PVS/bin/pvs --challenge

This produces a challenge code similar to the following:

569ccd9ac72ab3a62a3115a945ef8e710c0d73b8

Go to https://plugins.nessus.org/v2/offline-pvs.php and paste the challenge code as well as the Activation Code you received previously from Tenable into the appropriate text boxes. This produces a URL that gives you direct access to the PVS plugins. Save this URL, as it will be used every time you update your plugins. In addition, a license key and the associated pvs.license file are produced. Copy this file to the host running PVS in the appropriate directory.

Once the pvs.license file is copied, run the pvs --register-offline command to install the file:

Platform

Directory

Red Hat Linux / CentOS

# /opt/pvs/bin/pvs --register-offline /path/to/pvs.license

Windows

C:\Program Files\Tenable\PVS\pvs --register-offline "C:\path\to\pvs.license"

macOS

# /Library/PVS/bin/pvs --register-offline /path/to/pvs.license

The newest plugins can be obtained by navigating to the URL provided in the previous step. Here, you receive a TAR file (e.g., sc-passive.tar.gz). Copy the file to PVS and then type the appropriate command for your platform:

Platform

Command

Red Hat Linux / CentOS

# /opt/pvs/bin/pvs --update-plugins /path/to/sc-passive.tar.gz

Windows

C:\Program Files\Tenable\PVS\pvs --update-plugins C:\path\to\sc-passive.tar.gz

macOS

# /Library/PVS/bin/pvs --update-plugins /path/to/sc-passive.tar.gz

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