Arctic Wolf Agent Diagnostic Scans on Windows

Updated Aug 25, 2023

Run an Arctic Wolf Agent Diagnostic Scan on Windows

You can run an Agent diagnostic 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 C:\Program Files (x86)\Arctic Wolf Networks\Agent\scans\oval.ini file, and 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: scans/reports/vulnerability
    input.type: arf
    output.extension: json
    transform.file: scans/scan-utility/tools/arf_xccdf_results_to_json_events.xsl    
  4. Copy the following content and replace the entire section that you located in the previous step.

    [Report: Raw ARF report]
    export.dir: C:\Program Files (x86)\Arctic Wolf Networks\Agent\scans\reports\vulnerability
    input.type: arf
    output.extension: arf.xml
    [Report: Diagnostic HTML report]
    export.dir: C:\Program Files (x86)\Arctic Wolf Networks\Agent\scans\reports\vulnerability
    input.type: xccdf_results#failureDiag
    output.extension: diagnostic.html
    transform.file: C:\Program Files (x86)\Arctic Wolf Networks\Agent\scans\scan-utility\tools\xccdf_results_to_html.xsl
    [Report: Annotated HTML report]
    export.dir: C:\Program Files (x86)\Arctic Wolf Networks\Agent\scans\reports\vulnerability
    input.type: json#annotated
    output.extension: annotated.html
    transform.file: C:\Program Files (x86)\Arctic Wolf Networks\Agent\scans\scan-utility\tools\hostscan_json_to_html.js


    • Always check syntax when editing the .ini file, including confirming that export.dir, input.type, output.extension, and transform.file are each on their own line.
    • To review only results that failed vulnerability scanning checks, ensure that the input.type field in the Report: Diagnostic HTML report section is set to xccdf_results#failureDiag.
    • If you would like to include all successful and failed vulnerability scanning tests, change the input.type field in the Report: Diagnostic HTML report section to xccdf_results#diagnostic. This may be significantly larger in size than using xccdf_results#failureDiag.
  5. Open a command prompt as an administrator.

  6. Click the clipboard to copy this command to the command line, including the double quotation marks, to perform the scan:

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Arctic Wolf Networks\Agent\scans\jre\jre\bin\java.exe" -Xmx4096m -Djoval.shellcommandAdapter.enable=true -Djoval.diagnostics.maxCount=2000 -Dlicense.file="C:\Program Files (x86)\Arctic Wolf Networks\Agent\scans\scan-utility\" -jar "C:\Program Files (x86)\Arctic Wolf Networks\Agent\scans\scan-utility\Scan-Utilities.jar" scan -c "C:\Program Files (x86)\Arctic Wolf Networks\Agent\scans\oval_copy.ini"

    Note: For a 64-bit OS, if you receive an insufficient memory error, change the -Xmx4096m flag value in the command to -Xmx6144m to expand the memory size from 4 GB to 6 GB. This means that the device needs 6 GB of space available.

  7. Wait for the scan to complete, and then look for the output files in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Arctic Wolf Networks\Agent\scans\reports\vulnerability\ folder.

    Note: To view the scan progress, you may need to press Enter in the command or terminal window during the scan.

    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, using 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.

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