Update November 27, 2019: The features referenced in this blog post will be released in Qualys Cloud Platform release 8.22.
Update November 19, 2019: The features referenced in this blog post will be released in the next Qualys Cloud Platform release scheduled for December 2019, and will be announced separately. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
Original Post: The upcoming release of the Qualys Cloud Platform (VM, PC), version 8.21.7, will include new features in Qualys Cloud Platform, Vulnerability Management, and Policy Compliance.
Update Nov 19, 2019: This blog post was updated with additional detail about the new features in 8.21.6.
The 8.21.6 release adds several new features in Qualys Cloud Platform, Policy Compliance, and Vulnerability Management. Apart from various other new features, this release adds support for Apple Safari 11.x/12.x in compliance scans for Unix hosts, and extends UDC support for multiple new technologies for Qualys PC; whereas, new features for VM includes added support for HashiCorp vaults in DB Auth Records and Sybase authentication for vulnerability scanning.
This new release of the Qualys Cloud Platform (VM, PC), version 8.21.2, includes Virtual Scanner Appliance support for Alibaba Cloud Compute, scheduling of EC2 scans with no scannable EC2 assets in Asset Tags in Qualys Vulnerability Management, expanded support for instance discovery and auto record creation in Qualys Policy Compliance, compliance support for Oracle 19c, and more.
The upcoming release of the Qualys Cloud Platform (VM, PC), version 8.21.2, includes several new features in Qualys Cloud Platform and support for multiple technologies in Qualys Policy Compliance. The 8.21.2 release is scheduled to go live on 16th Sept, 2019.
See full 8.21.2 new features blog post for additional details on this release.
This release of Qualys Patch Management version 1.3 includes new features, highlights as follows.
- Patch Scheduling enhancement: “No Patch Window” – When scheduling a patch deployment, instead of having to specify a Patch Window time frame, you can select “None”. This will allow a job to continue to run until all of the Assets in the job are able to perform the deployment, instead of timing out at the end of the Patch Window. This is especially useful in situations where you have an emergency patch that absolutely must be installed as soon as possible. If an Asset is offline when the job is set to run, it will run the job once the Cloud Agent checks in again.
- Suppress reboot – You can choose to suppress the reboot notification and subsequent reboot after a patch deployment. This feature allows you to deploy patches, and then use another mechanism to restart the Assets. Any Asset that has the reboot suppressed will still report the Reboot Required flag to the platform.
- Create Job in “Enabled” state – Previously, you would create a Deployment Job in a Disabled state, and then Enable the job from the Jobs screens. Now, you can choose to have the Job saved in an Enabled state, reducing the amount of clicks required to start a Job.
- Opportunistic Patch Download – When creating a Job, you can now opt to have the Cloud Agent download the patches in the background before the job runs, reducing the amount of time the job takes to complete.
This new release of the Qualys Cloud Platform (VM, PC), version 8.20.1, includes support for new technologies and platforms, addition of new technology for Windows UDCs as well as an update in an existing option name (“Scan agent hosts in my target”) in the Launch Vulnerability Scan page.