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Use the Cortex XDR Agent for Linux

After you install Cortex XDR agent for Linux, the agent operates transparently in the background as a system process. Typically, it is not necessary to interact with the agent; however, to perform common actions, such as initiating a manual check in with Cortex XDR, you can use the command-line utility (also available for Mac and Windows) named Cytool. Cytool is available in the
directory and must be run as root or with root permissions.
To use the Cortex XDR agent for Linux:
  • Display the Cytool help.
    From the Linux server, run the
    command without any arguments or with
    Usage: cytool<options> cytool - Support tool Options: -h --help Display help information. enum List processes protected by Cortex XDR. startup query List startup status for Cortex XDR endpoint agent(s) and daemon(s). startup <enable | disable> <process_name | all> Enable/Disable agent(s) and daemon(s) after reboot. runtime query List runtime status for agent(s), daemon(s) and kernel extensions. runtime <start | stop> <process_name | all> Start/Stop agent(s), daemon(s) and kernel extensions immediately. persist list Display list of persistent databases. persist export <db_name | db_path> Export database(s) to the file(s) in JSON format. persist import <db_name | db_path> <file_name> Import data into the database from the given JSON file. persist print <db_name | db_path> [csv] Print database to the command prompt. log <log_level> <process_name | all> Set log level for the desired process. log collect Generate support file archive. dump <enable | disable | restore> Enable/Disable dump generation or restore policy settings. checkin Initiate Check In Now (send heartbeat to ESM).
    Follow the usage guidelines to run additional Cytool commands.
  • List processes protected by the agent.
    Enter the
    cytool enum
    cytool enum
    ----------------------------------- Cortex XDR list of protected processes: ----------------------------------- PID CMD UID 1098 /usr/sbin/cron -f 0 1131 /usr/sbin/rsyslogd -n 104
    To view processes for all users including those initiated by the operating system, specify the
    If you change the action mode for protected processes in the Exploit Security Profile in Cortex XDR, you must restart the protected processes for the security policy to be enforced on the processes and its forked processes, and only then you will see them on this list.
  • Start or stop Cortex XDR agent daemons.
    The agent comprises the trapsd, authorized, and pmd daemons. To start or stop one or all daemons, enter either the
    cytoolruntime [start | stop] [
    | all]
    command or the
    cytool startup [enable | disable] [
    command. The behavior of both commands changes both the current running state and the startup registration status of the daemons when the server boots.
    For example:
    /opt/traps/bin/cytool runtime stop trapsd
    Name PID User Status Command trapsd N/A N/A STOPPED N/A authorized 2179 root Running /opt/traps/bin/authorized pmd 2164 root Running /opt/traps/bin/pmd root@ubuntu:~$
    /opt/traps/bin/cytool runtime start all
    Name PID User Status Command trapsd 26427 root Running /opt/traps/bin/trapsd authorized 2179 root Running /opt/traps/bin/authorized pmd 2164 root Running /opt/traps/bin/pmd
  • View the Cortex XDR agent security policy.
    The agent stores policy and security event information such as the list of trusted signers, local verdicts, and one-time actions in local databases in the
    directory. To troubleshoot policy issues and security events, you can use Cytool to import, export, and view information stored in the local database.
    To view a list of all local databases, use the
    cytool persist list
    /opt/traps/bin/cytool persist list
    Persistent database list: post_detection.db Database of post-detection candidates agent_actions.db Database of one time actions cloud_frontend.db Database of Cloud frontend settings hashes_lru.dbLeastrecently used verdicts database cloud_reports.db Database of Cloud reports hashes.db Database of the verdicts received from WildFire esm_frontend.db Database of ESM frontend settings policy.db Policy database fvhash.db Database of blacklisted fvhashes trusted_signers.db Database of trusted signers hash_paths.db Database of file paths hash_override.db Database of hashes override (Admin exeptions) esm_reports.db Database of ESM reports security_events.db Database of security events (preventions) file_upload.db Database of files being uploaded to ESM hashes_retransmit.db Database of hashes to be retransmitted agent_settings.db Database of agent settings
    To view the records of a database, use the
    cytool persistprint [
    command where you specify either the name of database (see the
    cytoolpersist list
    command) or the path to the database. Or, to export the records of a database to a JSON file, use the
    cytoolpersist export [
    command. For example:
    /opt/traps/bin/cytool persist print security_events.db
    Database security_events: persistence::DB: /opt/traps/persist/security_events.db: Open persistence::DB: /opt/traps/persist/security_events.db: Open: IO error: lock /opt/traps/persist/security_events.db/LOCK: Resource temporarily unavailable 3c34dcc1-bc37-ffef-ed55-f5512df05884, Prevention ID: 3c34dcc1-bc37-ffef-ed55-f5512df05884 Time: 2018-05-02T10:31:51Z Timezone offset (min): 240 Module ID (CyveraComponent): 277 Module status (CyStatus): 0xC0400015 Blocked: false Source process ID: 14818 Source process terminated: true Source process command line: /root/Desktop/Linux_testers/ROP/lighttpd system 0 Source process file index: 0 Target process ID: 0 Target process terminated: false Target process command line: Target process file index: 0 User ID: 0 User name: Cortex XDR version: OS name: Linux OS version: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.9 (Santiago) Machine name: Saar_redhat64x64 Dump path: /opt/traps/forensics/3c34dcc1-bc37-ffef-ed55-f5512df05884/ Content version: 17-2805 IP Address: Verdict (WildFire/Hash Control): 0 1 Files: Name: lighttpd Path: /root/Desktop/Linux_testers/ROP Size: 0 Hash: 8630c9e57ca58fb7966c80525c36f572416e0a8db617b8a43c946d4fa966a71c Version: Publisher: Quarantine ID: Signers: '' ------------------------------------------------ ---------- END Security Event Files ---------- root@ubuntu:~$
    /opt/traps/bin/cytool persist export security_events.db
    persistence::DB: /opt/traps/persist/security_events.db: Open -rw-r--r-- 1 ubuntu root 25824 Jan 2 18:10 /home/ubuntu/traps/cytool/security_events.db_18.10.04.427_02.01.2018.json
    To add records to the database, use the
    cytoolpersist import [
    command where
    is a JSON file.
  • Collect logs.
    Use the
    cytool log
    command to change the log level of an agent component where:
    • <log_level>
      is an integer value corresponding to the log level:
      • 1—Fatal
      • 2—Critical
      • 3—Error
      • 4—Warning
      • 5—Notice
      • 6—Information
      • 7—Debug
      • 8—Trace
    • <process_name>
      is the Cortex XDR agent component:
      , or
    Then use the
    cytoollog collect
    command to collect all logs in a TGZ file.
    /opt/traps/bin/cytool log 1 trapsd
    /opt/traps/bin/cytool log collect
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1651939 Dec 30 20:33 /tmp/Traps_log_2017-12-30_20-33-22/Traps_log_2017-12-30_20-33-22.tgz
  • Manually initiate a check in with the server.
    Use the
    cytool checkin
    command to initiate the manual check-in. To verify the status of the check-in on Cortex XDR, view the
    date from the additional details view of an endpoint on the
  • Configure proxy communication.
    To configure system-wide proxy settings for your endpoints, follow the instructions below. You can also configure a Cortex XDR agent specific proxy.
    If defined, the agent uses the proxy settings defined in the system environment in
    . If proxy settings are not defined, you can add the proxy server to the system environment by specifying the following setting in the
    • <proxyserver>
      is the IP address of the proxy server
    • <port>
      is the port number used for proxy communication.
    For example:
  • View the version of the Cortex XDR agent.
    To view the version of the agent on the Linux server, open or read the
    file in the
    directory. For example:
    cat /opt/traps/version.txt
    traps_linux- ce1707dadbbb67effb7bf08cd4edee60d9508377

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