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Have you ever wanted to measure the quality of your infrastructure? Perhaps you'd like to know the time it takes for your endpoints to respond to questions and for the data to make it into the database? Well, now you can. One of our engineers, Aram, has come up with a simple SQL statement to provide what we are calling "Travel Time". Travel Time is the average time it takes for all of your endpoints to answer a question, in this case "Last Report Time", and insert that answer into the database. Using this value can... [More]
IBM starts to support CPU fixlets for Solaris platform. Fixlets for Critical Patch Update(CPU) 2012 April were released in the Patches for Solaris site. The latest version of Solaris Download plugin, v1.7 and Solaris download cache v6.0 are available to support CPU fixlets. fixlets released: 20120403 Critical Patch Update 2012-04 - Solaris 10 20120404 Critical Patch Update 2012-04 - Solaris 10 - Outdated Packages 20120401 Critical Patch Update 2012-04 - Solaris 10_x86 20120402 Critical Patch Update 2012-04 - Solaris 10_x86 -... [More]
IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager
for Security and Compliance Security Configuration
Management (SCM) The security and Compliance team at IBM has modified the
content within SCM Reporting ---- Affected Sites ---- SCM
Reporting v32 ----
Changelist ---- -
The “Security and Compliance Analytics” deployment dashboard has been updated
to point to the latest msi to support SCA 1.2 -
The “Create Custom Checklist Wizard” has been updated with individual check
selection functionality. The radio buttons now present in the wizard to... [More]
Just wanted to let you guys know that our Patch Tuesday kernel fixlets
for Jan 2012 are live. They are going to be in Enterprise Security version 1557. For
now, we have content for: MS12-001 thru MS12-006. MS12-007 should be
coming out a little later. You can find the security bulletin releases from Microsoft here. Happy patching.
Just a quick note to let you know that we have increased our deployment size upgrade recommendations to encourage deployments of less than 15,000 seats to begin the upgrade process. As always, we recommend that you upgrade your servers and consoles at the same time because older consoles will not be able to connect with the upgraded server. We'll be updating our deployment size recommendations more frequently now that the holidays are over, so please subscribe to the blog's RSS feed to make sure you're aware of the latest updates. We'll... [More]
Earlier today, Microsoft released an out-of-band security bulletin related to vulnerabilities in the .NET Framework. We published the Fixlets for this bulletin in Patches for Windows site at around 3pm PST. The Fixlets in localized versions of the sites are now available as well.
IBM is pleased to announce the general availability of application update management content for Mac OS X client. Published Site Versions: Updates for Mac Applications (version 2) Highlights include: - Supported applications include Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Shockwave. - The fixlets only handle updates of the applications. Software deployment or uninstallation is not included. Actions to Take: Lifecycle Management, Security and Compliance, and Patch Management customers who wish to use the new content should use the... [More]
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]
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]
Product: IBM BigFix Compliance Title: Updated DISA STIG Checklist for Windows 10 to support a more recent version of benchmark Security Benchmark: Windows 10 STIG, V1, R11 Published Sites: DISA STIG Checklist for Windows 10, site version 7 (The site version is provided for air-gap customers.) Details: · DISA STIG Checklist for Windows 10 supports OS version <= 1709 · Both analysis and remediation checks are included ... [More]
IBM BigFix Patches for Windows has modified update Fixlets for Google Chrome. Google does not provide a way to detect if the application has a 32-bit or 64-bit architecture. The only other way to confirm architecture is to examine its uninstaller executable, which BigFix does not currently support. With the modified Fixlets, it is assumed that only a 64-bit version of the application is installed on a 64-bit operating system. Note that if a 32-bit application is installed on 64-bit OS, it will be converted to 64-bit version. Currently, the... [More]