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Discovering installed software base on system startup scripts and user history

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000221155D
Publication Date: 2012-Aug-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 19K

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Abstract

Methods to discovery installed software base on system startup script and user commands history.

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Discovering installed software base on system startup scripts and user history

Installed software scanning/detection is very expensive process. There are different techniques to detect installed software. Most of them base on comparing files on system with some common patterns for selected product. This paper propose additional methods to detect installed software base on system startup scripts and user history.


- Discovery base on system startup scripts:

Every server software like databases or application servers makes entries in system startup scripts. Those entries usually have full path to installed software. Base on this is possible to identify product and get installation path.


- Discovery base on user history:

Some operating systems have option to display commands execute by user. Base on user input history is possible to connect executed command with selected products.

Proposed methods can't replace other discovery solutions but can be executed to find some installed products at low cost and exclude them from expensive scanning.


- Discovery base on system startup scripts:

Software scanner checks startup scripts in directories common for selected


1.

operating system (for example on Linux scripts located in /etc/init.d and content of /etc/inittab
Software scanner gets paths from startup scripts.


2.

Software scanner gets information about installed product version under selected


3.

paths gathered in step 2.

Example 1:


For example IBM Tivoli Monitoring produc...