Adding a Rapid7 Nexpose scanner local file import

QRadar® uses local files to import site vulnerability data from your Rapid7 Nexpose scanner.

Before you begin

Before you add this scanner, make sure that you have a server certificate that supports HTTPS connections. QRadar supports certificates with the following file extensions: *.crt, *.cert, or *.der. To copy a certificate to the /opt/qradar/conf/trusted_certificates directory, choose one of the following options:
  • Manually copy the certificate to the /opt/qradar/conf/trusted_certificates directory by using SCP or SFTP.
  • Use SSH to log in to the Console or managed host and retrieve the certificate by using the following command: /opt/qradar/bin/ <IP or Hostname> <optional port - 443 default>. A certificate is then downloaded from the specified host name or IP and placed into /opt/qradar/conf/trusted_certificates directory in the appropriate format.

About this task

Local file imports collect vulnerabilities for a site from a local file that is downloaded. The Rapid7 Nexpose XML file that contains the site and vulnerability information must be copied from your Rapid7 Nexpose appliance to the Console or managed host you specify when the scanner is added to QRadar. The destination directory on the managed host or Console must exist before the Rapid7 Nexpose appliance can copy site reports. The site files can be copied to the managed host or Console by using Secure Copy (SCP) or Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).

The import directory that is created on the managed host or QRadar Console must have the appropriate owner and permission set on it for the VIS user within QRadar. For example, chown -R vis:qradar <import_directory_path> and chmod 755 <import_directory_path> set the owner of the import directory path to VIS user with adequate read-write-execute permissions.

Note: Site files that are imported are not deleted from the import folder, but renamed to .processed0. Administrators can create a cron job to delete previously processed site files.

You must use the XML Export or XML Export 2.0 report format for the XML export to QRadar.

XML Export is also known as raw XML. The XML export contains an extensive set of scan data with the smallest amount of structure. The XML export scan data must be parsed so that other systems can use the information.

XML Export 2.0 is similar to XML Export, but has more attributes:
  • Asset Risk
  • Exploit Title
  • Site Name
  • Exploit IDs
  • Malware Kit Name(s)
  • Site Importance
  • Exploit Skill Needed
  • PCI Compliance Status
  • Vulnerability Risk
  • Exploit Source Link
  • Scan ID
  • Vulnerability Since
  • Exploit Type
  • Scan Template


  1. Click Admin > System Configuration.
  2. Click the VA Scanners icon, and then click Add.
  3. Type a Scanner Name to identify your Rapid7 Nexpose scanner.
  4. From the Managed Host list, select an option that is based on one of the following platforms:
    • On the QRadar Console, select the managed host that is responsible for communicating with the scanner device.
    • On QRadar on Cloud, if the scanner is hosted in the cloud, the QRadar Console can be used as the managed host. Otherwise, select the data gateway that is responsible for communicating with the scanner device.
  5. From the Type list, select Rapid7 Nexpose Scanner.
  6. From the Import Type list, select Import Site Data - Local File.
  7. Type the directory path to the XML vulnerability data in the Import Folder field.
    If you specify an import folder, you must move the vulnerability data from your Rapid7 Nexpose scanner to QRadar.
  8. In the Import File Pattern field, type a regular expression (regex) pattern to determine which Rapid7 Nexpose XML files to include in the scan report.
    All file names that match the regex pattern are included when the vulnerability scan report is imported. You must use a valid regex pattern in this field. The default value .*\.xml imports all files from the import folder.
  9. Enter the CIDR range that you want this scanner to consider or click Browse to select a CIDR range from the network list.
  10. Click Save.
  11. On the Admin tab, click Deploy Changes.

What to do next

You are now ready to create a scan schedule. See Scheduling a vulnerability scan.