VMware Carbon Black App Control 8.8.4 | 31 MAY 2022 | Build

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What's New

The 8.8.4 Server Release Notes provide information for users upgrading from previous versions as well as for users new to VMware Carbon Black App Control.

This release addresses several defects.

VMware encourages customers to always update to the latest versions of VMware software to benefit from security and stability improvements.

Library Changes

The following libraries were updated:

  • Updated PHP to version 7.4.29
  • Updated zlib to version 1.2.12

Supported Upgrade Paths

The table below shows the supported upgrade paths for Carbon Black App Control 8.8.4 servers:

Upgrading from: Upgrading to:
8.8.2 8.8.4
8.8.0 8.8.4
8.7.x 8.8.4
8.6.x 8.8.4
8.5.x 8.8.4
8.1.10 8.8.4
8.1.8 8.8.4
8.1.6 8.8.4
8.1.4 8.8.4
8.1.0 Patch 2 8.8.4
8.1.0 8.8.4
8.0.0 8.8.4

Resolved Issues

The following defects were fixed in the Carbon Black App Control 8.8.4 Server.

  • EP-15525: Fixed an issue where a clean install did not pre-approve VMware Carbon Black certificates.

  • EP-14809: Fixed a data issue that occurred when sorting on non-unique columns and using offset and limit options to limit the results.

  • EP-15470: Fixed an issue where SQL authentication was disabled on upgrade. (EA-21077)

  • EP-15407: Fixed an issue where publishers could not be banned or approved unless reputation was enabled. Changed the user experience for creating publisher rules.

  • EP-15362: Fixed an issue where certificates designated for agent trust were not always being returned in the same order, causing issues downstream.

  • EP-15124: Fixed an issue with syslog event exports if the event priority was outside the acceptable range. (EA-20664)

  • EP-15242: Fixed an issue where the Windows agent would not receive an updated trusted certificate file when none are selected. (EA-21130)

  • EP-15659: Fixed an issue where installing with a DB backup was not working when using SQL authentication.

Known Issues

The following known issues and limitations are present in the Carbon Black App Control 8.8.4 Server.

  • EP-1222: If the CryptoAPI cannot initialize, the license will not be imported

    This is typically due to the environment not being set up according to the installation instructions.

  • EP-2752: If you modify the permissions of, or disable, the "admin" user that ships with the product, the API module may no longer function correctly, causing problems when using the REST API and the console

    Make sure that the "admin" user retains its "View users" and "Manage users" permissions, and that it is not disabled.

  • EP-2879: Baseline Drift Reports only report on Windows computers

    Baseline Drift Reports do not report on Mac or Linux computers.

  • EP-3157: Exports to CSV of tabular data from console pages do not render date and time fields consistently with respect to time zone

    Some columns are reported as UTC; others use the local time zone.

  • EP-3349: Right after a new version of App Control is installed, the version health indicator will incorrectly report that the previous version is the newest version

    Refreshing the health indicator will cause it to disappear and will remove the incorrect report.

  • EP-3352: An event with the subtype "File deletion failed" is erroneously generated when a file that no longer exists is selected for deletion

    When a file that no longer exists is selected for deletion, the App Control Server should generate an error with subtype "File deletion processed (file not found)". Instead, an event with the subtype "File deletion failed" is erroneously generated.

  • EP-4085: When uninstalling the App Control server a message may appear saying that the system is protected by the App Control agent even though the agent has already been uninstalled

  • EP-4093: When editing the User Roles Page, clicking the Save button has the same functionality as the Save and Exit Button

  • EP-4094: Users without the "View Policies" permission will not be able to make use of Role-Based Access Controls based on policies

  • EP-4152: Grouping does not always work on the Application Catalog or the Applications on Computers page

    If you elect to show the Version Number column and group by it, the groups that appear on the page will not expand.

  • EP-4578: If a user turns on the config property ShowHiddenCustomRules and creates a Custom Rule with a hidden action (that is, an action ending with "(Hidden)") that rule will display as an expert rule after being saved

    Rules of this type requiring an Operation value of "Execute and Write" should be created as two separate rules to avoid losing data.

  • EP-4660: A console user account based on Active Directory may be unable to log into Unified Server even when prompted to authenticate

  • EP-4670: The App Control console can become unresponsive if the query to Active Directory to check user’s permissions times out

  • EP-5504: Systems created using Sysprep may not boot if Tamper Protection was enabled when Sysprep was performed

  • EP-5555: After upgrading the App Control server to the current release, an event of type “Server Management” and subtype "Server upgrade succeeded" that should appear on the Events page does not appear there

  • EP-5700: On the Software Rules page, the column showing affected policies can show a blank policy name. This will appear as two commas with a space between them

    This occurs when a rule once applied to a policy that has been subsequently deleted.

  • EP-5703: Canceling a diagnostic request while it is underway does not always work

    From the App Control console one can request a diagnostic upload from an endpoint. Canceling such a request while it is underway does not always work. Sometimes cancellation can merely cause the endpoint to retry the upload.

  • EP-6510: Some customers have reported seeing false positives with the Doppleganger rule being triggered by TIWorker.exe and TrustedInstaller.exe

  • EP-6515: In a specific scenario it's possible for newly installed agents to register with the server from a deleted policy

  • EP-6719: File analysis through connectors will not work with files containing certain foreign characters in the name

  • EP-6721: If a SAML identity provider requires a signed logout request, the logout request will fail

  • EP-6796: In some cases it's not possible to export a large amount (300+) of custom rules

  • EP-7891: When adding a user to the "Linux User/Group to Manage Agents" section of the Agent Management configuration the message “(Not validated)” is erroneously returned

    The new user should still be added.

  • EP-8908: Licensing page fails to display expiration warning when less than one day remains

  • EP-13195: Rapidly changing a computer's policy more than once can sometimes cause the last policy change to not apply

  • EP-14702: Due to an InstallShield issue, if a reboot is required during install, the installer may not automatically continue after reboot.

    If this occurs, you must manually restart the install.

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