RSS Feeds


OVAL’s RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds ensure the community can easily get notifications of the latest OVAL News and updates to the OVAL Repository.

To view OVAL’s feeds in your RSS Reader:

  1. Copy the URL, or right-click on the shortcut, for the feed that interests you.
  2. Paste the URL into your Reader and click OK.
Title Copy URLs to RSS Reader Shortcut
OVAL News & Events RSS Feed to OVAL News and Events
OVAL Repository Updates RSS Feed to OVAL Repository Updates

The OVAL Repository feed can also be customized to a user’s preferences. The default feed contains the 50 most recent updates to the Repository where updates might include any combination of New Definitions, Definitions with Status Changes, and/or Modified Definitions. For example, a possible default feed could have 3 new, 35 status changes, and 12 modifications.

The Repository feed can be customized by adding the following variables to the RSS URL:

number — the number of records to include in the feed. n is an integer greater than or equal to 1 and less than or equal to 500. Default n is 50.

updateType — the type of updates to include in the RSS feed. updateType can be any of the following values:

modifiedinclude only modified records in the feed
new(default) include only new records in the feed
statusinclude only status changes in the feed

class — the class of definitions to include in the RSS feed. class can be any of the following values:

any(default) include any definition records in the feed
i or Iinclude only inventory definition records in the feed
c or Cinclude only compliance definition records in the feed
v or Vinclude only vulnerability definition records in the feed
p or Pinclude only patch definition records in the feed
m or Minclude only miscellaneous definition in the feed

For example, the following URL will generate a feed that contains only the 10 most recently added new inventory definitions in the Repository:

Please note that by accessing OVAL RSS feeds, you agree to our RSS Terms of Use.

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What is RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an XML-based format for sharing and distributing Web content. Using an "RSS Reader" you can receive feeds from our News page and the latest updates to the OVAL Repository.

What is an RSS Reader?

An RSS Reader, also called a News Reader or an RSS Aggregator, is the application used to view articles and other data via RSS feeds. A number of free and commercial RSS Readers are available for download.

How do I add an OVAL RSS feed to my reader?

To subscribe, follow the directions in the Feeds section above. Alternatively, look for the orange RSS Feed icon graphic on this page and elsewhere on the site and mouse over the image, right-click, and copy the URL (for example, select "Copy Shortcut" for Internet Explorer). Next, select the option in your RSS Reader that adds a new feed or channel, then paste in the URL and click OK.

Can I use OVAL’s RSS feeds in a commercial or non-commercial Web site and/or blog?

Yes, however you will need to receive OVAL’s written consent in order to display our RSS feeds on your Web site.

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Terms of Use

RSS is a means by which OVAL offers feeds of news and technical updates in XML format to visitors to the OVAL Web site who use RSS Readers. These Terms of Use govern your use of this RSS service.

Use of RSS Feeds

RSS is a free service offered by OVAL. You must use the RSS feeds as provided by OVAL and may not edit or modify the text, content, or links supplied by OVAL. Use of the RSS feeds are also subject to the terms and conditions of the OVAL Terms of Use. Contact to request permission to include OVAL RSS feeds on your commercial or non-commercial Web site and/or blog.

Link to Content Pages

You may not display the RSS content in a manner that does not permit successful linking to, redirection to, or delivery of, the applicable OVAL Web site page(s).

Right to Discontinue Feeds

OVAL reserves the right to discontinue providing any or all of the RSS feeds at any time and to require you to cease using, displaying, or distributing any or all of the RSS feeds for any reason.


OVAL assumes no liability in connection with or use of the RSS feeds.
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Page Last Updated: November 06, 2012