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View Patching data

Every four hours, the Patching subagent compares available patch updates to the instance's installed software.

Each instance's patching status is displayed in the Armor Management Portal (AMP), along with the number of patches available.

  1. In the Armor Management Portal (AMP), in the left-side navigation, click Security
  2. Click Patching

ColumnDetails

Name

For Armor Complete, the name of the virtual machine you created in AMP.

For Armor Anywhere, the name of the instance that contains the installed Anywhere agent, which includes the Patching subagent.

Provider

For Armor Complete, the entry will display Armor.

For Armor Anywhere, the name of the public cloud provider for the instance.

Pending UpdatesThe number of patches available.
Security UpdatesThe number of security patches available, with a colored indicator.
Reboot RequiredIf the server requires a reboot to apply a patch.

To learn how the overall Patching status is determined, see Understand OS Patching data.


Understand Patching data

In the Patching screen, the dashboard displays the various patching statuses of your virtual machines (or hosts): 

  • Green indicates a virtual machine in a Secured patching status.
  • Yellow indicates a virtual machine in a Warning patching status. 
  • Red indicates a virtual machine in a Critical patching status.

The Patching status can change based on the following two conditions:

  • The date of the last reboot
  • The date of the last applied security patch

The overall status of your virtual machine is based on the individual status of your virtual machine's subcomponents, including Patching.



Condition 1 - Date of last reboot

If the date of the last reboot was between 7 to 40 days ago, then the Patching status changes from Secured to Warning

If the date of your last reboot was 40 days ago or more, then the Patching status changes from Warning to Critical

Date of last rebootSecurity statusColor
7 to 40 days agoWarningYellow
Over 40 daysCriticalRed



Condition 2 - Date of last applied security patch

If the date of your last applied security patch was between 60 to 89 days, then the Patching status changes from Secured to Warning

If the date of your last applied security patch was 90 days or more, then the Patching status changes from Warning to Critical

Date of last applied security patchSecurity statusColor
60 - 90 daysWarningYellow
Over 90 daysCriticalRed

Analysis of patching data

Armor labels the Patching status based on the worst status. For example, if the date of your last reboot was 9 days ago, but the date of the last applied security patch was over 90 days, then overall, the Patching status is Critical


Troubleshoot Patching

To troubleshoot virtual machines that contain Patching subcomponents in a Warning or Critical status, apply the latest vendor-supplied security patches. 

You can always contact Armor support for assistance.


View Patching details

The Patching details screen displays information about available patches for your server's operating system.

Armor recommends that you use this information to download and install patches from the operating system's website. Patches are not available in the Armor Management Portal (AMP). 

  1. In the Armor Management Portal (AMP), in the left-side navigation, click Security
  2. Click Patching

  3. Locate and select the desired server.
    • If patching details is not available for a particular server, then the operating system does not have a patch available.

    • Linux users will see the following information: 

      ColumnDetail
      Update Name The name of the patch.
      Update VersionThe version number of the patch.
      TypeThe type of patch, such as "update" or "security."  
      Date Patch Became AvailableThe date the patch became available from the operating system.



    • Windows users will see the following information: 

      ColumnDetail
      Update Name The name of the patch.
      TypeThe type of patch, such as "update" or "security."  
      Date Patch Became AvailableThe date the patch became available from the operating system.



  4. (For Linux users) Note the Update Name and Update Version.

  5. In a web browser, search for the patch on the operating system's site to download and install. 


Export Patching data

  1. In the Armor Management Portal (AMP), in the left-side navigation, click Security
  2. Click Patching.
  3. (Optional) Use the filter function to customize the data displayed. 
  4. Below the table, click CSV
    • You have the option to export all the data (All) or only the data that appears on the current screen (Current Set). 
FunctionData DisplayedNotes
CSV
  • Name
  • Provider
  • Os
  • Pending Updates
  • Security Updates
  • Reboot Required
A blank entry indicates that the action has never taken place. For example, if there is a blank entry under Last Patched, then a patch has never taken place for that corresponding virtual machine.  


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