[OVAL REPOSITORY] Problem with the Family OVAL definitions for Unix

David Solin solin at jovalcm.com
Fri Nov 13 09:38:55 EST 2015

Hi Dale,

Using the OVALRepo project (head revision, master branch), I was able to run the following command:

python3 scripts/build_oval_definitions_file.py -o unix-all-vulnerability.xml --family unix --class vulnerability

That generated unix-all-vulnerability.xml, which successfully schema-validates (meaning, nothing is missing; I was able to run it).

So, perhaps there’s something not right with the repository website content generation?

Best regards,
—David Solin

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> On Nov 12, 2015, at 3:34 PM, Rich, Dale <drich1 at dtcc.com> wrote:
> Help Please,
> We are using a few of the “family” level OVAL patch and vulnerability definition files for Unix from the CISecurity repository.
> Ex:       https://oval.cisecurity.org/repository/download/5.10/patch/unix.xml <https://oval.cisecurity.org/repository/download/5.10/patch/unix.xml>
>             https://oval.cisecurity.org/repository/download/5.11.1/patch/unix.xml <https://oval.cisecurity.org/repository/download/5.11.1/patch/unix.xml>
>             (I believe they are broken in GitHub too)
> Unfortunately, at least some of the definitions in there are referencing checks that don’t exist further down in the document.  This is becoming a pretty major problem for us.  Until I can get our new content developers onboarded, can someone please address this?
> Thanks,
> Dale
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