Welcome to the BigFix Blog, where you can read the perspectives from network and service assurance experts. This Blog provides insights into the endpoint management solution, as well as technical details about specific IBM products.
As part of our ongoing efforts to reduce the size of our Fixlets, we are publishing a new version of the OS Deployment Fixlet today. There is no change to function, but this new version will require less disk space. The new version number is 11.
Security Configuration Management (SCM) for Unix Systems The Security and Compliance team at IBM has modified the content within the UNIX System checklists to add enhancements. ---- Site Versions ---- Self-Parameterizing Sites: DISA STIG Checklist for AIX 5.1 v9 DISA STIG Checklist for AIX 5.2 v8 DISA STIG Checklist for AIX 5.3 v8 DISA STIG Checklist for AIX 6.1 v8 DISA STIG Checklist for HPUX 11.00 v8 DISA STIG Checklist for HPUX 11.11 v8 DISA STIG Checklist for HPUX 11.23 v8 DISA STIG Checklist for RHEL 3 v8 DISA STIG Checklist for... [More]
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that we are in the process of reviewing and updating our fixlets. The good news is that these changes will have a positive impact on your environments by reducing the size of the fixlets while maintaing all of the same function. As we progress I will post to the blog which fixlets are being updated each day. We will begin rolling out these changes next week, updating between 4-6 sites a day.
Just a quick post on some of the setup and configuration changes you can expect in version 8.2. On upgrade, all existing Console users will be migrated to local users. Console users will be asked to provide .pvk files on initial login for the purposes of verification only and will not be used for subsequent login attempts. Consoles in 8.2 connect to the Server through HTTPS 52313. This replaces the previous method of ODBC connections. This is configurable. Account provisioning is now handled by the Console, not the BESAdmin tool. However,... [More]
We just published the Fixlets for Patches for Windows sites for German, Japanese and Chinese (Simplified) languages. The Patch Tuesday content for the remaining language sites should be available by Wednesday evening PST.
Just wanted to let you guys know that our Patch Tuesday fixlets for November 2011 are live. They hit the world roughly forty minutes ago. We also published the re-release of MS11-037 as part of that push. We'll be working next on the non-English Patch Tuesday fixlets.
Just a heads up, our tenative delivery times for this upcoming Patch Tuesday are 2:00PM PST for all patches. We'll release non-English security patches shortly afterwards. You can find more information about the upcoming November Patch Tuesday here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms11-nov
There is a document created listing all the supported endpoint protection products for CMEP at this wiki page: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/wikis/home?lang=en#/wiki/Tivoli%20Endpoint%20Manager/page/Client%20Manager%20for%20Endpoint%20Protection%20%E2%80%93%20Supported%20Products It will be updated once a support for a new product is published.
Security Configuration Management (SCM) for Unix Systems The Security and Compliance team at IBM has modified the content within the UNIX System checklists to add per user ignore for the following controls: AIX 5.3 & 6.1 GEN000800 GEN000540 GEN000620 GEN000600a GEN000580 GEN000680 GEN000700 RHEL 4 & 5 GEN000540 GEN000700 Solaris 8, 9 & 10 GEN000540 ---- Site Versions ---- Self-Parameterizing Sites: DISA STIG Checklist for AIX 5.1 v7 DISA STIG Checklist for AIX 5.2 v6 DISA STIG Checklist for AIX 5.3 v6 DISA STIG Checklist for AIX... [More]
We expect to publish Fixlets for the localized versions of the October 2011 security patches by Thursday (13 Oct 2011) evening Pacific Time. We will post an update on this blog once the content for non-English versions of Patches for Windows Fixlet sites is published.
The second set of Fixlets for October Patch Tuesday is now available in version 1530 of the EnterpriseSecurity site. This set covers the following security bulletins: * MS11-078: Vulnerability in .NET Framework and Microsoft Silverlight Could Allow Remote Code Execution * MS11-079: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway Could Cause Remote Code Execution * MS11-082: Vulnerabilities in Host Integration Server Could Allow Denial of Service
Hi All, We are considering developing some content to support reporting and basic management of BitLocker deployments. If you use BitLocker, or are considering deploying it in the future, please share your thoughts on the below areas to help us build a more useful offering. If you'd like to provide input in a private forum, feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. (1) Do you currently use BitLocker, or plan to deploy it soon? If not, are you using another disk encryption technology? (2) If you are using BitLocker, on how many... [More]
We just released the first set of Patch Tuesday patches for October 2011. They should all be included in version 1529 of the Enterprise Security site. This first set includes content for: MS11-075 MS11-076 MS11-077 MS11-080 MS11-081 The rest of the patches are scheduled to be delivered around 9:30PM PST.
Just a heads up, our tenative delivery times for this upcoming Patch Tuesday are: 2:00PM PST for Kernel Patches 9:30PM PST for all Patch Tuesday Patches You can find more information about the upcoming October Patch Tuesday here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms11-oct
We have just published another set of updates to our Client
Manager for Endpoint Protection site to add support for the most recent versions
of supported vendor products: Symantec
Endpoint Protection 12 McAfee VirusScan
Enterprise 8.8 McAfee GroupShield 7.0 / McAfee
Security 7.6 for Microsoft Exchange Forefront
Client Security CA Anti-Virus / Total Defense
Hi All, Lately, we have seen an increased adoption of Microsoft Forefront, so we recently added support for Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection to our Client Manager for Endpoint Protection (CMEP) Fixlet site. Customers can now use CMEP to support the following Microsoft Forefront management tasks: - Report on agent health (running, stopped) - Report on client information (definition versions, engine version, client status, etc) - Deploy definition updates via the Microsoft Forefront Update Wizard - Enforce a policy that monitors the... [More]
The Inspector Search site been updated and enhanced. Try it out: http://support.bigfix.com/inspectorsearch/inspector_search.html (It can also be reached at the link at search.bigfix.com) New functionality includes enhanced descriptions of inspectors. For example: 1. In the Type field, enter substring. 2. Click the Find Inspectors button. 3. It should list 19 inspectors that match that criterion. Click on start of <substring>. The search result is displayed. Before this addition to the program, no type information was provided.... [More]
Hi everybody, We have been slowly transitioning our customer-facing documentation and technical info pages from our legacy BigFix sites to IBM systems. Here is a quick overview of some of the changes: New "Endpoint Management Community" -- This page basically links to all the pages discussed below. New "Endpoint Management" Blog -- (You are reading my first blog post.) We didn't have a blog at BigFix and instead used mailing list updates and forum posts. But... we think the blog is a better way to communicate and we... [More]
There is a new wiki for all IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager (BigFix) best practices, and it can be found here: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/wikis/home?lang=en#/wiki/Tivoli%20Endpoint%20Manager As with all Service Management Connect wikis,
you can expect to find a lot of information created by subject matter
experts, including but not limited to the following content: Best practices Customizations Fixlet authoring Lifecycle management Troubleshooting information Bookmark the new Tivoli Endpoint Manager wiki today.... [More]
Welcome to the Endpoint Management blog. This
blog is one of several within the Service Management Connect community,
and its purpose is to provide readers with ideas and perspectives about
the endpoint management solution directly from the
technical experts. Follow this blog, and you can get tips, tricks, and
perspectives on several endpoint management topics, including: Installation Integration Performance Customization Technical tips and tricks More... If you have specific topics for which you would like to see blog entries, don't... [More]
Patch management as of today Software vendors have published individual patches for a long time. This fragmented approach allowed vendors to ship purpose specific patches quickly. Endpoint customers also received the benefit of selecting patches that they considered fit for deployment in their environment and thus control the distribution of the content. But the faster delivery and the controlled distribution came with a cost which was primarily absorbed by the endpoint customers. Software vendors were able to limit the scope of testing to... [More]
IBM BigFix Patch is pleased to announce the publication of the "Best Practices Guide for Patching AIX systems Using BigFix." This guide contains a compilation of best practices, assumptions, and requirements to help both AIX system administrators and BigFix console operators to successfully patch AIX endpoints using BigFix. To download the guide in PDF format, click here . If you have any comments about the content, feel free to post them in this forum . Thank you! Other Documentation Resources: Best Practices for... [More]
Content in the Patches for Windows Site has been released. New Fixlets: Fixlets for Microsoft Security Bulletins: MS16-095 MS16-096 MS16-097 MS16-098 MS16-099 MS16-100 MS16-101 MS16-102 MS16-103 [Major] MS16-054: Security Update for Microsoft Office - Office Compatibility Pack SP3 - KB3115464 (ID: 311546401) Modified Fixlets: [Minor] MS16-077: Security Update... [More]
IBM BigFix Patch offers an option for users to deploy Fixlets by installing the technology level (TL) and service pack (SP) fix packs from an accessible Network File System (NFS) share. Using NFS to store these large sized fix packs can prevent issues that are related to insufficient disk space on the /var/opt/BESClient directory during patching. Apart from this, NFS provides better installation time, decreases bandwidth usage, and reduces storage costs. To help manage these fix packs on a remote disk space, IBM BigFix Patch released... [More]
The IBM BigFix Compliance PCI Add-on Beta Program aims to provide registered beta customers with the latest content that is available in the IBM BigFix Compliance product . The following beta sites for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) have been updated to ensure that the new PCI DSS checklist and enhancements on existing checklists bring value to our beta customers. PCI DSS Checklist for RHEL 5 Beta, site version 8 PCI DSS Checklist for RHEL 6 Beta, site version 5 PCI DSS Checklist for RHEL 7 Beta, site version 5 PCI DSS... [More]
Product: IBM BigFix Compliance Title: Updated Security Configuration Management (SCM) DISA STIG Checklist for Windows 7 Category: Updated SCM checklist Published Benchmark version: DISA STIG Checklist for Windows 7 , V1, R28 Details: IBM is pleased to announce the availability of an updated Security Configuration Management (SCM) checklist for IBM BigFix Compliance. The checklist is based on DISA STIG for Windows 7, V1, R28. This checklist contains a number of checks to evaluate the security... [More]
Product: IBM BigFix Compliance PCI Add-on Title: Updated Security Configuration Management (SCM) PCI DSS Checklists for RHEL 5, RHEL 6, RHEL 7, and AIX 7 to comply with PCI DSS v3.2 Category: Updated SCM checklist Published Benchmark: Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard v3.2 Details: The IBM BigFix Compliance PCI Add-on team has updated the content for the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) checklists for RHEL 5, RHEL 6, RHEL 7, and AIX 7 to comply with PCI DSS v3.2, as well as to include... [More]