Secunia – Scanning and Patching

So you made it this far. Great! Let’s scan your network and publish a patch.


  • Configure your Network Appliance Agent.
  • Create a Network Appliance Group.
  • Run a scan.
  • Publish a patch.

The Process

Configure the Network Appliance Agent

  1. Navigate to Scanning -> Remote Scanning Via Agents -> Network Appliance Agents. Then right-click your NAA and choose ‘Edit Configuration’.
  2. On the ‘Configuration for Network Appliance Agent’ wizard, configure a check-in frequency and set your maximum simultaneous inspections. I’m running 30 simultaneous inspections on my dedicated scanning VM and haven’t noticed a significant amount of load.

Create a Network Appliance Group

  1. Navigate to Scanning -> Remote Scanning Via Agents -> Network Appliance Groups, then click “New Group”.
  2. Enter a name for the network group, then select a scan type. I chose scan type 1.
  3. On the ‘IP Networks’ tab, enter your gateway and netmask, then click “add”.
  4. On the ‘Agents’ tab, check the box next to your NAA.
  5. On the ‘Scheduling’ tab, configure your scanning schedule, choose “Scan group as soon as possible”, then click “Save”.
  6. Your network appliance group should now be included in the list.

Publish a Patch

  1. Once your scan results come in, navigate to Patch -> Secunia Package System (SPS). Right-click any software program highlighted in blue and choose “Create Update Package”.
  2. On ‘Step 1 of 4: Package Configuration’, click “Next”.
  3. My install skips step 2 for some reason. On ‘Step 3 of 4: Applicability Criteria – Paths’ click “Next”.
  4. On ‘Step 4 of 4: Applicability Criteria – Rules’ click “Publish”.
  5. Run a WSUS Repository synchronization in SCCM, and create a search folder for the vendor of the application you published a patch for. It should show up and be ready for deployment! Pretty cool!

So that’s the Secunia workflow. Stay tuned for a post on SCCM deployment of CSI host and PSI agents.

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