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Recovering from “sql_exec_internal: sqlite3_step failed: database disk image is malformed” with OpenVAS

If you get the error message “sql_exec_internal: sqlite3_step failed: database disk image is malformed” preventing you from starting or logging into OpenVAS, this article should help. The issue may have been caused by an unexpected power-down, but whatever caused it, the DB is corrupt. Not that this is the same DB that stores your OpenVAS data including login information.

Warning: This process results in loss of settings and data. Backup first.

Restore this file from backups:


Or move it aside and re-run the installation program. Warning, this will result in loss of OpenVAS information.


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