Arctic Wolf Agent Debug Scans on macOS

Updated Feb 22, 2024

Run an Arctic Wolf Agent Debug Scan on macOS

You can run an Arctic Wolf® Agent debug scan to get more details about how a vulnerability was detected on a device.


Before you begin


  1. On the device, create a copy of the /Library/ArcticWolfNetworks/Agent/scans/oval.ini file, and then rename it to oval_copy.ini.

  2. In a text editor, open the new oval_copy.ini file.

    Note: You may need administrator permissions to open this file for editing.

  3. In the file, find the section starting with [Report: Target results -> JSON events].

    [Report: Target results -> JSON events]
    export.dir: /Library/ArcticWolfNetworks/Agent/scans/reports/vulnerability
    input.type: arf
    output.extension: json
    transform.file: /Library/ArcticWolfNetworks/Agent/scans/scan-utility/tools/arf_xccdf_results_to_json_events.xsl
  4. Copy this content and replace the entire section that you located in the previous step.

    [Report: Raw ARF report]
    export.dir: /Library/ArcticWolfNetworks/Agent/scans/reports/vulnerability
    input.type: arf
    output.extension: arf.xml
    [Report: Diagnostic HTML report]
    export.dir: /Library/ArcticWolfNetworks/Agent/scans/reports/vulnerability
    input.type: xccdf_results#failureDiag
    output.extension: diagnostic.html
    transform.file: /Library/ArcticWolfNetworks/Agent/scans/scan-utility/tools/xccdf_results_to_html.xsl
    [Report: Annotated HTML report]
    export.dir: /Library/ArcticWolfNetworks/Agent/scans/reports/vulnerability
    input.type: json#annotated
    output.extension: annotated.html
    transform.file: /Library/ArcticWolfNetworks/Agent/scans/scan-utility/tools/hostscan_json_to_html.js


    • When editing the INI file, make sure the syntax is correct, and that export.dir, input.type, output.extension, and transform.file are on separate lines.
    • To only review results that failed vulnerability scanning checks, set the input.type field in the Report: Diagnostic HTML report section to xccdf_results#failureDiag.
    • To review all successful and failed vulnerability scanning tests, set the input.type field in the Report: Diagnostic HTML report section to xccdf_results#diagnostic. The file size will be larger than the file size for a section that is set to xccdf_results#failureDiag.
  5. Open a command prompt with administrator permissions.

  6. Click the clipboard to copy this command to the command line to perform the scan:

    /Library/ArcticWolfNetworks/Agent/scans/jre/jre/bin/java -Xmx4096m -Djoval.shellcommandAdapter.enable=true -Djoval.diagnostics.maxCount=2000 -Dlicense.file=/Library/ArcticWolfNetworks/Agent/scans/scan-utility/ -jar /Library/ArcticWolfNetworks/Agent/scans/scan-utility/Scan-Utilities.jar scan -c /Library/ArcticWolfNetworks/Agent/scans/oval_copy.ini

    Note: For a 64-bit OS, if you receive an insufficient memory error, the device needs 6 GB of space available. To expand the memory size from 4 GB to 6 GB, change the -Xmx4096moption in the command to-Xmx6144m.

  7. Wait for the scan to complete, and then look for the output files in the /Library/ArcticWolfNetworks/Agent/scans/reports/vulnerability/ folder.

    The scan generates these files:

    • Raw XML output (default filename LOCALHOST.arf.xml)
    • HTML Diagnostic Vulnerability long form report (default filename LOCALHOST.diagnostic.html)
    • HTML Annotated report (default filename LOCALHOST.annotated.html)
  8. Upload the raw XML output, HTML Diagnostic Vulnerability long form report, and HTML Annotated report to Arctic Wolf. Use the link that your Concierge Security® Team (CST) provided. If you do not have a link, contact your CST at

  9. (Optional) Open the HTML Annotated report in a browser and click Fail in the Rule Results Summary to filter on the vulnerabilities found and view failed tests.

    Tip: See Risk Dashboard User Guide to interpret the report results.

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