VMware Carbon Black App Control Linux Agent 220.127.116.11 | 21 OCT 2021
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This document provides change information and installation instructions for VMware Carbon Black App Control v8.7.4 Linux Agents.
The Carbon Black App Control v8.7.4 Linux Agent is a maintenance release.
User can now specify a set of config properties by policy (relates to EA-19137)
As of the 8.1.4 server release, the Linux Agent no longer comes bundled with the Carbon Black App Control Server, nor does it require manual (command line) steps to add it to the server. You can upgrade Carbon Black App Control Linux Agents without having to upgrade their Carbon Black App Control Server. Please visit the latest Carbon Black App Control User Guide for more information.
For information regarding which Linux operating systems are supported in this release, please review the Carbon Black EDR sensors & Carbon Black App Control agents document on the Carbon Black User Exchange.
Carbon Black EDR Updater for Linux systems
There is a Carbon Black EDR Updater for Linux systems that run both Carbon Black App Control Agents and Carbon Black EDR Sensors. You can enable this updater from the Carbon Black App Control console on the Rules > Software Rules > Updaters tab.
Tip: Be sure to also enable the updater for Redhat Software Update.
- Updated SQLite library to version 3.35
- Updated wxWidget library to version 3.1.5
The following issues were resolved in this release:
EP-13252: CPU software lockup issue
Some customers experienced a CPU software lockup issue. (relates to EA-18777)
EP-13428: Action notification pop-up goes to the wrong user
Notification pop-up for an action by a user went to the latest GUI notifier started by any user. (Relates to EA-18932)
If the user does not have a notifier running, the default behavior is for the last running notifier to be notified.
Prelinking must be disabled on Red Hat and CentOS computers before installing agents.
When prelinking is enabled, executable file content will be changed whenever prelinking runs, which will bloat server inventory and result in many more files that need to be approved. This makes it difficult to ascertain whether an executable file was maliciously modified since each instance can have a unique hash.
Carbon Black App Control Agent installation requires a reboot
If you have an existing Carbon Black EDR Sensor running on your system and you wish to install the Carbon Black App Control Agent, a reboot will be required after the installation completes.
Reboot of an endpoint can take several minutes
Reboot of an endpoint, containing both Carbon Black App Control Agent v7.4.2 and Carbon Black EDR Sensor, can take several minutes.
EP-201: Renaming files with symlink reports empty filename
If a file is renamed with symlink, the event that reports this action shows an empty filename (quotation marks with nothing between them).
EP-344: Carbon Black App Control Agent notifier might not start automatically after automatic upgrade
On some Linux systems, the Carbon Black App Control Agent notifier might not start automatically after installation or upgrade.
There are several ways to remedy this:
- Start the notifier manually with root privileges. From the location /opt/bit9/bin, run the command:
./b9notifier & There is no such file.
- Reboot the endpoint and the Carbon Black App Control Agent notifier should start automatically.
- Log out and log back in. However, this will not work with an SSH session running with the -X or -Y option. In that case, if you want to use the notifier, start it using one of the previous methods.
- Start the notifier manually with root privileges. From the location /opt/bit9/bin, run the command:
EP-850: If a system is stressed, it is possible for the OOM Killer to kill the b9daemon process
It is recommended that you exempt the b9daemon process from the OOM Killer as it cannot currently be blocked via tamper protection. The exemption can be created running the following command as the root user. You can run it as a chron job on a regular basis (e.g., once an hour).
echo -1000 > /proc/`pgrep b9daemon`/oom_score
To verify if OOM has killed the b9daemon, the syslog can be checked as follows:
grep -i kill /var/log/messages
If the OOM Killer terminated a process, the command would show results similar to this:
host kernel: Out of Memory: Killed process 1402 (b9daemon)
Note: While oom_adj can be used, this has been deprecated in RH6/7; the current recommendation for RH6/7 is to use oom_score file.
EP-2817: Incorrect logic can misclassify a mount
Incorrect logic could intermittently allow the agent to misclassify a mount as a local drive if the mount point is ever lost or disconnected. This issue can be worked around by unmounting and remounting.
Unmount and remount.
EP-3392: Starting the Linux Protection agent through CLI fails to start b9notifier
Starting the Linux Protection agent through CLI using the /Applications/Bit9/bin/b9cli -startup fails to start the b9notifier.
Run the following command:
EP-7786: A Debug Level error displays on the Linux agent
A Debug Level error
Error (1)…displays on the Linux agent after you send the debug level from the server to that agent.
EP-7903: Creating trusted folder does not change file state
Despite creating a custom rule for a trusted path that would allow and promote the files within that folder, the file state does not change after execution from that trusted folder.
EP-8203: Baseline Drift Report does nor work for Linux agents
Running a Baseline Drift Report returns no results for Linux agents. The following message appears: There are no items to display.
EP-8349: Linux Agent upgrade fails
Linux Agent upgrade fails if Linux Agent is running.
EP-8834: Rules names do not match with the created rules in the events page
On the server events page, names associated with rules created for Linux triggering an execution block event may not display in the Rule Name Column.
EP-8845: The macro
<OnlyIf>does not work with custom rules
Custom rules using the macro
<OnlyIf>do not work. For example, the macro
<OnlyIf:ConnectedToServer:No>behaves the same regardless of connection status.
EP-8885: ELF files are not recognized as installer files
ELF files are not recognized as installer files.
EP-8912: Debug Level can display incorrect set level for agents
On the server Computer Details page, the Debug Level may display the incorrect set level for Linux agents.
EP-8923: Tamper Protection warning events do not include "from location"
On the server events page, Tamper Protection warning events do not include “From” locations on Linux agents.
EP-8932: Communicating the Policy Override code expiration depends on the Client/Server time zone
The time in which a Policy Override code expires may not be communicated correctly depending on the Client/Server time zone.
Upgrade to Carbon Black App Control Server 8.1.8
EP-8950: Custom rules using *\folder do not block files as expected
Custom rules using a process pattern including a prepended wildcard, such as “*\folder” do not block files as expected.
EP-9022: Error does not display in the log when modifying the “Notifier Text” for enforcement policy advanced settings
After modifying the “Notifier Text” when editing the enforcement policy advanced settings for blocking scripts, the resulting error that occurs when triggering the notifier does not display in the log.
EP-9030: Restoring server from backup displays an alert
After restoring server from backup, an alert erroneously displays regarding the Linux agent:
Host Package Not Found.
EP-9434: Exponential growth of a cache can negatively impact agent and device performance
Repeated, unclean, shutdowns can result in a cache that grows exponentially and thus, negatively impacting agent and device performance.
EP-9556: Upgrade from 7.4.2 to 7.4.4 on Oracle Linux 8.0 can result with failure
When upgrading from Linux agent 7.4.2 to 7.4.4 on Oracle Linux 8.0, the upgrade may fail.
See KB 88833
EP-9567: Linux agent can take up to 3 hours to fully synchronize
After installing the Linux agent, the agent can take 2-3 hours to fully synchronize.
EP-10262: Linux agent upgrade from version 18.104.22.168 to 7.4.4 can result with an error
When upgrading a Linux agent specifically from version 22.214.171.124 to 7.4.4, an error may display on the console indicating that the process has stopped.
Upgrade Linux agent to version 7.4.6.
EP-10414: Unable to start agent an a device with low memory
On a device with low memory, the agent does not start after rebooting.
EP-10508: When copying one interesting file over another, the latter is no longer found by the
Occasionally, when copying one interesting file over another interesting file, the latter is no longer found by the
EP-10768: Linux agent does not report application data to File Catalog in App Control Server
Currently, the App Control Server does not collect application data on Linux endpoints. If visiting the File Catalog and look for this data, it is not present. The missing fields are Publisher, Product Name, and Product Version. This data is needed to support Common Platform Enumeration (CPE).
EP-11005: Agent installation log files may contain a warning
In some cases, the agent installation log files contain a warning
RPMDB altered outside of yum.after a successful installation.
EP-11067: Pushing code to an agent may cause NMI watchdog lockup errors
In some cases, pushing code to an agent can cause NMI watchdog soft lockup errors that can cause the code deployment to fail.
EP-11147: The Linux agent displays a message when adding an user for Linux User/Group to Manage Agents
When adding an user by navigating to the server System Configurations>Generaltab> Edit>Agent Management section>Linux User/Group to Manage Agents page, selecting User, and clicking the Update button causes the display of the
EP-11431: Local Approval mode does not work on a Linux agent
Temporary Local Approval mode does not work on a Linux agent when FIPS is enabled on the agent.
EP-12731: On RHEL 8 platform, pressing random keyboard keys results with an error
When using the RHEL 8 platform, an error occurs if the user presses random keyboard keys while on the unapproved script notifier dialog.
- Do not use keys while on the unapproved script dialog.
- If the assertion failed dialog appears, click continue, and go back to the previous screen.
44496: The process command line field in Carbon Black App Control events lists only the executable name
The process command line field in Carbon Black App Control events lists only the name of the executable that ran, not the arguments that were used to invoke that executable.
46389: No custom notifier icon for Linux agents
You cannot add a custom notifier icon for Linux agents in this release.
49579: Virtual machines may hang on reboot
Some virtual machines running on VMWare Fusion may hang on reboot.
Remove the rhgb quiet from the kernel menu entry.
EP-14141: Process name missing in some discovery events when an interesting file gets created, generated, or executed