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.
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]
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]
Product: IBM BigFix Compliance PCI Add-on Title: Updated the PCI DSS Checklists for various Windows 7 sites with improved data presentation Category: Updated PCI DSS checklist Published Benchmark: Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard v3.2 Details: The IBM BigFix Compliance PCI Add-on team has updated the content of the PCI DSS checklist for Windows 7, Windows Embedded Standard 7, and Windows Embedded POSReady 7 to improve the data presentation. Details are as follows: The measured values for some checks,... [More]
Content in the Patches for Windows Site has been released. New Fixlets: Fixlets for Microsoft Security Bulletins: MS17-001 MS17-002 MS17-003 MS17-004 Modified Fixlets: [Minor] 3199986: Servicing stack update for Windows 10 Version 1607 - Windows 10 Version 1607 - KB3199986 (x64) (ID:319998601) [Minor] 3199986: Servicing stack update for Windows 10 Version 1607 - Windows 10 Version 1607 - KB3199986 ... [More]
IBM BigFix Patches for Ubuntu is deprecating the Patches for the Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and Patches for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS sites in January 15, 2017. Both sites will then have 'Deprecated' appended to the site name in the Overview dashboard. If you haven't done so, migrate to the latest Patches for Ubuntu site. BigFix currently maintains the following sites: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and 10.04 LTS have reached end of life. Moving forward, BigFix will no longer provide content and support for the Patches for Ubuntu... [More]
As you continue to monitor and manage your endpoints to ensure a secure and PCI compliant environment for 2017, we’d like to wish you a very wonderful new year! To reinforce our team’s commitment to help you meet your PCI compliance objectives, we would like to take you on a quick journey back to the IBM BigFix Compliance PCI Add-on releases and enhancements that IBM has delivered in 2016. Up-to-date benchmark support The PCI Security Standards Council published the new PCI DSS Requirements and Security... [More]
Product: IBM BigFix Compliance PCI Add-on Title: Updated PCI DSS Checklist for AIX 6 to support remediation Category: Updated PCI DSS checklist Published Benchmark: Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard v3.2 Details: The PCI DSS Checklist for AIX 6 site is updated with remediation checks to allow BigFix operators to efficiently remediate a non-compliance issue with a single action. Published Site: PCI DSS Checklist for AIX 6, version 2 *The site version is provided for air-gap customers. Actions... [More]
BigFix Patch is pleased to announce the release of the Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM) Download Plug-in for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and other feature enhancements for users of Patches for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7. Enhanced download plug-in called RHSM download plug-in The new download plug-in uses Red Hat Subscription Management (RHSM) to download patches from a vendor’s website to the BigFix server. The RHSM download plug-in is available in the Manage Download Plug-ins dashboard as a new plug-in entry called RHSM... [More]