March 1st, 2019
Open-AudIT Version 3 New Release
By Mark Unwin - Open-AudIT Founder and Product Lead
After a long and interesting version 2 series, we welcome to version 3 into the world!
Why version 3 you ask? Well, with the recent improvements around discovery scan options and the resulting dramatic increase in discovery times along with the Windows version finally updating its XamppLite package to the latest full Xampp install, we thought it warranted the version increase.
We have introduced a new field for your devices called “identification” along with a new device type of “unclassified”. This is used when we have some information about a device but have not been able to talk to it using SNMP, WMI or SSH. So if we have a MAC address, or we know port X is open, then we know something and provide a type of unclassified. We populate the identification field with what we know. In the case where we literally have an IP and possibly a DNS hostname, the device will remain unknown in type. You can see these details on the Devices section of the Discoveries screen. This should help point you in the right direction to identifying a device, rather than us throwing our hands in the air and saying “we couldn’t talk to it, so it’s unknown”.
The new Discovery Scan Options are fully customisable for Enterprise users, choosable on a per discovery basis for Professional users and selectable on an install basis for Community users. We set the default to use UltraFast options and the increase in speed (especially on Linux servers) is, to put it mildly, massive. We have genuine reports of a customer scanning their /22 and having the scan time drop from 29 hours to under 10 minutes. That is not a lie or exaggeration. I know it sounds hard to believe. Obviously, there are surrounding conditions – network speed, device speed, reduced Nmap ports reporting, etc – but the result is genuine. To say we’re happy with the performance is understating it quite a lot
We have finally managed to move Windows users from XamppLite to full Xampp. This wasn’t without its challenges, the largest being the PHP changes from 5.3 to 7.3 and encryption functions. In order to facilitate this, we use the existing 2.x install to export the encrypted credentials for credentials, device-specific credentials, clouds and LDAP servers to a file, upgrade Xampp and Open-AudIT, then on the database schema upgrade, use the generated text file to encrypt the credentials and update the database entries. Once that’s done and you’re happy everything has worked, you can delete the file c:\xampplite\open-audit\migrate.json (we do not delete this file automatically). We also do not remove the old XamppLite installation. That is left for the user to decide to delete it at a time when they’re happy with their new Open-AudIT 3.0.0 install.
Open-AudIT has never been easier to use, faster or more customisable than it is right now.
If you haven’t upgraded, get on board!