Installing openscap on OS X?

Steve Grubb sgrubb at
Thu May 22 15:25:38 UTC 2014


On Wed, 21 May 2014 18:07:27 -0400
Greg Elin <gregelin at> wrote:
> Has anyone tried to install openSCAP on OS-X?

Openscap is portable to other platforms in that the gnu autotools is
the foundation of the build system. The libraries it uses are portable.
There is support for everything required of SCAP 1.2 except OCIL.

That said, there are some deficiencies. Openscap is designed to be
modular. To add a new test, you write an OVAL probe which is really
simple. You fill in a structure and exit. Each probe is essentially a
process spun-up on demand as the content is evaluated.

What is needed is someone that cares about a platform to contribute
probes. The openscap developers have done the bulk of the work. It
should be a couple hours/days of someone's time if they wanted to help
the SCAP community by sending some code for porting to other platforms.
We would welcome code enabling Windows, Android, OSX, or any other


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