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Install the Cortex XDR Agent for Linux

The Cortex XDR agent for Linux is designed to protect Linux servers and operates transparently in the background as a system process. The agent also extends exploit and malware protection to processes that run in Linux containers. When you install the Cortex XDR agent on a Linux server, the agent automatically protects any new and existing containerized processes regardless of the container solution (for example, docker). Each Linux server receives a single license which includes protection for container processes.
You can also deploy Cortex XDR agents on virtual Linux servers as temporary sessions, to ensure the Cortex XDR agent license returns to the license pool after 90 minutes of session inactivity and to improve your network temporary workloads.
After you install the Cortex XDR agent for Linux, it is typically not necessary to interact with the agent; however, to perform common actions, such as initiating a manual checkin with Cortex XDR, you can use the command-line utility named Cytool. Cytool is available in the
directory and must be run as root or with root permissions.
Before installing the agent on a Linux server, verify that the system meets the requirements described in Cortex XDR Agent for Linux Requirements.
If you intend to use SELinux, make sure to enable it before you proceed with the Cortex XDR agent installation. This ensures that the agent disables any injection-based modules that cause compatibility issues. If you later enable SELinux, you must reinstall the agent to avoid any compatibility issues.
  1. Download the Cortex XDR agent installation script from Cortex XDR.
  2. Copy the installation package to the Linux server on which you want to install the Cortex XDR agent software.
    For example, to copy the file securely from a local machine to the Linux server:
    user@local ~ $
    scp linux.sh root@ubuntu.example.com:/tmp
    linux.sh 100% 21MB 1.2MB/s 00:18
  3. Log on to the Linux server.
    For example:
    user@local ~ $
    ssh root@ubuntu.example.com
    Welcome to Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS (GNU/Linux 4.4.0-1041-aws x86_64) * Documentation: https://help.ubuntu.com * Management: https://landscape.canonical.com * Support: https://ubuntu.com/advantage Get cloud support with Ubuntu Advantage Cloud Guest: http://www.ubuntu.com/business/services/cloud 0 packages can be updated. 0 updates are security updates. Last login: Tue Dec 26 22:14:15 2017 from
  4. Install the Cortex XDR agent software.
    You can install the Cortex XDR agent on the endpoint manually using the shell installer or using the Linux package manager for
    To deploy using package manager:
    1. Depending on your Linux distribution, install the Cortex XDR agent using one of the following commands:
      Install Command
      RHEL, CentOS, or Oracle
      yum install ./
      rpm -i ./
      Ubuntu or Debian
      apt-get install ./
      dpkg -i ./
      zypper install ./
      rpm -i ./
    2. Verify the agent was installed on the endpoint.
      Enter the following command on the endpoint:
      dpkg -l | grep cortex-agent
      rpm -qa | grep cortex-agent
    To deploy the shell installer:
    1. Enable execution of the script using the
      chmod +x
    2. Run the install script as root or with root permissions.
      For example:
      cd /tmp
      linux.sh root@ubuntu:/tmp$
      chmod +x linux.sh
      Verifying archive integrity... All good. Uncompressing Cortex XDR 634e4d93bb3fb87a Installer for Cloud 100% [*] Extracting Cortex XDR Installer Verifying archive integrity... All good. Uncompressing Cortex XDR agent_linux-0.7.0-dbg installer 100% [1] Checking prerequisites Verifying Debian (dpkg) packages: * openssl ... OK * ca-certificates ... OK Done [2] Installing Cortex XDR at /opt/traps Done [3] Creating logger directory Done [4] Installing AppArmor policies Done [5] Defining Cortex XDR local services (systemd) Created symlink from /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/traps_trapsd.service to /etc/systemd/system/traps_trapsd.service. Created symlink from /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/traps_pmd.service to /etc/systemd/system/traps_pmd.service. Created symlink from /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/traps_authorized.service to /etc/systemd/system/traps_authorized.service. Done [*] Starting Coretx XDR security services (systemd) Done
      Additional options are available to help you customize your installation if needed. The following table describes common options and parameters that you can use but does not provide an exhaustive list. Use the --help option to print the help for the installer.
      If you are using
      installers, you must also add these parameters to the
      file prior to installation, without the leading double dash. For example:
      --proxy-list="" --no-km --restrict=live_terminal
      Without Kernel Module Installation
      Use the
      option if you do not want to install the Cortex XDR agent kernel module. If you install the agent without the Cortex XDR kernel module or your Linux server runs an unsupported kernel version, the Cortex XDR agent will operate in asynchronous mode where:
      • Continuous event monitoring required for Behavioral Threat Protection is disabled.
      • Sharing endpoint activity data with Cortex apps is disabled.
      • ELF file examination and Local Privilege Escalation (LPE) examination occur in parallel with the file execution. If the Cortex XDR agent obtains a malware verdict for the file, it terminates the file execution. Security events for malware in asynchronous mode are assigned a high severity due to the potential for continued execution during the verdict request while security events in synchronous mode are medium severity.
      • Alert indicators such as file path or hash could be missing for processes with a very short lifespan.
      • All other exploit and malware protection is enabled per your Linux security policy.
      -- --proxy-list ”
      Proxy Communication
      Configure the Cortex XDR agent to communicate through an intermediary such as a proxy or the Palo Alto Networks Broker Service.
      To enable the agent to direct communication to an intermediary, you use this installation option to assign the IP address and port number you want the Cortex XDR agent to use. For Cortex XDR agents 7.2.1 and later, you can also configure the proxy by entering the FQDN and port number. When you enter the FQDN, you can use both lowercase and uppercase letters. Avoid using special characters or spaces.
      Use commas to separate multiple addresses. For example:
      -- --proxy-list "My.Network.Name:808,"
      You can assign up to five different proxies per agent, and the proxy for communication is selected randomly with equal probability.
      To enable the agent to use the Broker Service, you must set up a broker VM in your network and use this option to assign the agent the Broker VM IP address with port number 8888.
      After the initial installation, you can change the proxy settings from Cortex XDR.
      The Cortex XDR agent does not support proxy communication in environments where proxy authentication is required.
      VM Template
      Temporary session
      Virtual Installation
      Deploy Cortex XDR agents on virtual Linux endpoints as temporary instances, ensuring the Cortex XDR agent license returns back to the license pool after 90 minutes of session inactivity and improving your network temporary workloads. Choose your preferred workflow:
      —Install the Cortex XDR agent only on the Linux endpoint you are using to create the VM template. Every instance you create using this template, will include the pre-installed Cortex XDR agent. For example:
      $ ./installer.sh -- --vm-template
      Fresh install
      —Install the Cortex XDR agent on the Linux VM after creating the VM template, as part of provisioning. For example:
      $ ./installer.sh -- --temporary-session
      -- --restrict=
      Disable Live Terminal, script execution, and file retrieval on the endpoint
      Use to permanently disable the option for Cortex XDR to perform all, or a combination, of the following actions on endpoints running a Cortex XDR agent: initiate a Live Terminal remote session on the endpoint, execute Python scripts on the endpoint, and retrieve files from the endpoint to Cortex XDR. Disabling any of these actions is an irreversible action, so if you later want to enable the action on the endpoint, you must uninstall the Cortex XDR agent and install a new package without this flag
      To disable all actions, use the corresponding flag:
      To disable a specific action, use the corresponding flag:
      • --restrict=live_terminal
        —Use to disable Live Terminal.
      • --restrict=script_execution
        —Use to disable script execution.
      • --restrict=file_retrieval
        —Use to disable file retrieval.
      To disable more than one option, use any combination of these flags.
      The script installs the files for the Cortex XDR agent for Linux in the
      folder with the Cytool utility available at
      After the agent successfully connects to the server for the first time and retrieves a valid license, the agent begins protecting the Linux server.
      If the Cortex XDR agent does not connect to Cortex XDR, verify your internet connection and perform a check-in on the endpoint. If the agent still does not connect, verify the installation package has not been removed from the Cortex XDR management console.
  5. For a list of available options, enter the
    command without any arguments or with

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