Security Manager for Windows
Date Published: May 2011
Security Manager for Windows helps secure your enterprise from internal and external attacks. In real time, the product monitors, analyzes, and consolidates events from log files on monitored Windows computers to detect a variety of occurrences and alert you to them. For example, if Security Manager for Windows detects an unauthorized service running on a monitored Windows computer, Security Manager for Windows can send an alert to the Security Manager Control Center and notify a security team member with the location of the incident.
Security Manager for Windows collects Windows event log entries, allowing you to use archived data to create Forensic Analysis and Trend Analysis reports using the Control Center as well as custom Summary reports using Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services. The Security Manager for Windows module collects data from the following Windows event logs:
This module for the Security Manager product includes several new features. This version also improves usability and resolves several previous issues. Many of these improvements were made in direct response to suggestions from our customers. We thank you for your time and valuable input. We hope you continue to help us ensure our products meet all your needs. You can post feedback in the Security Manager forum on Qmunity, our community Web site that also includes product notifications, blogs, and the Security Manager user group.
This document outlines why you should install this module, lists any installation requirements, and identifies any known issues.
For the latest information about supported software versions and the availability of module updates, visit the Security Manager Supported Products page. If you encounter problems using this module with a later version of your application, contact NetIQ Technical Support.
This release supports the following products:
Why Install This Module?
Security Manager for Windows monitors, analyzes, and consolidates events from log files on monitored Windows computers to detect a variety of occurrences and alert you to them. The following sections outline the key features and functions provided by this version, as well as issues resolved in this release.
Provides Improved Log Archive Logon Activity Collection
In this release, Security Manager for Windows supports the following new fields in the cross-platform Forensic Analysis report type:
This release also supports the following new Forensic Analysis queries:
Adds "Pre-Authentication Type" Field for Logon Events
In this release, Security Manager for Windows supports the new "Pre-Authentication Type" field for logon events in the cross-platform Forensic Analysis report type. Events 672, 675, 4771, and 4768 now collect pre-authentication field data, which you can display in Forensic Analysis reports. (ENG275867)
Resolves Expired Password Alert Issue
This release resolves an issue where the existing "Logon has failed because password has expired" rule does not correctly generate an alert when a user's password has expired. Security Manager now correctly generates alerts both when a user's password has expired and when a user attempts to log on to a monitored computer using an expired password. (ENG288984)
Filters Noisy Windows Event from Log Archive
This release resolves an issue where the agent unnecessarily sends a large number of Windows Security Log events with the event ID 5156 to the log archive server. Security Manager now filters out events with event ID 5156 when sending data to the log archive. If you want Security Manager to store all Windows Security Log events with this ID, use the Development Console to disable the "Archival Filter Windows Filtering Platform Success Events (5156)" log filter rule. (ENG303236)
The following table lists additional requirements for a Windows agent. For more information about agent requirements, see the Installation Guide for NetIQ Security Manager.
Installing This Module
Install the module using the Module Installer utility. For more information about installing modules, see the User Guide for NetIQ Security Manager.
You can verify successful installation of the module in the Module Installer. After the installation completes, verify the Status column indicates the module is current and the module version listed in the Installed Version column is the same as the version in the Available Version column.
After you install the module, run the Configuration Wizard to configure logon/logoff monitoring and network port monitoring. For more information about using the Configuration Wizard, see the User Guide for NetIQ Security Manager.
Upgrading This Module
The steps required to upgrade your environment to the latest version of Security Manager for Windows are different depending on what you currently have installed. Select the appropriate upgrade path from the following scenarios.
To upgrade your environment:
NetIQ Corporation strives to ensure our products provide quality solutions for your enterprise software needs. The following issues are currently being researched. If you need further assistance with any issue, please contact Technical Support.
Cross-Platform Forensic Analysis Report Type No Longer Uses source.process.name Field
The cross-platform Forensic Analysis report type no longer uses the
Duplicate Microsoft Sites and Services Rules with CGAD 1.7
If you install Change Guardian for Active Directory version 1.7 and install the latest version of Security Manager for Windows, Security Manager Control Center displays the Microsoft Sites and Services rules in both processing rule groups. To prevent this issue, NetIQ recommends installing the latest versions of both modules. (DOC292551)
Microsoft Sites and Services Alert Views Removed After Installing CGAD 1.7
If you install the latest version of the Security Manager for Windows module and then install Change Guardian for Active Directory version 1.7, the Security Manager Control Center no longer displays alerts and events generated by Microsoft Sites and Services rules in Security Manager for Windows views. To resolve this issue, perform the following steps:
Using Spaces with Regular Expressions for Service Accounts
A known issue exists where entering spaces in regular expressions for service accounts in the Configuration Wizard breaks the regular expression. The Security Manager for Windows module supports entering spaces in service account names, but not in regular expressions representing service account names. Security Manager for Windows uses the following rules when monitoring service account logins:
Using a space in a regular expression can cause these rules to behave opposite of the expected behavior. (ENG273461)
A known issue exists where Security Manager for Windows raises two alerts for the same event. When any user with a locked-out account attempts to log in, Security Manager for Windows generates an alert. Security Manager for Windows also raises an alert if the built-in administrator account is locked out and attempts to log in. As a result, the module generates two alerts when a locked-out built-in administrator account attempts to log in. (ENG264309)
"Session Name" Field Modified
In this release, the meaning of the "Session Name" field has changed for all logon/logoff events collected by the Security Manager for Windows module. The "Session Name" field now contains the name of the session in which the event occurred, which can be a session or login identifier. (ENG304141)
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