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Released on January 16, 2019.

Release information

Product:                 Snow Inventory Server
New version:          6.0.3
Release date:         January 16, 2019
Distribution:           SUS package
Revision Number: 385
Build number:       6.0.3.1174
Current status:      Released

Enhancements in Snow Inventory Server 6.0.3

  • Compatibility with Snow License Manager 9.
  • Additional diagnostics in cloud application metering.

Known limitations in Snow Inventory Server 6.0.3

Disk-space information about the APFS file system (introduced in macOS High Sierra) and gathered by the Snow Inventory agent for macOS versions 6.0.0 and higher, is not yet fully supported by Snow Inventory Server. Full support will be provided in an upcoming release of Snow Inventory Server

Product Dependencies

Upgrading to Snow License Manager 9.0.0 requires Snow Inventory Server 6.0.3 or higher.

 

Release Notes: Snow Inventory Server 6.0.3

Release information

Product:                Snow Inventory Agent for Unix
New version:         6.0.2
Release date:        December 12, 2018 
Distribution:          SUS
Current status:     Released

Corrections

  • In order to get a full software inventory on Solaris 11, both the commands "pkginfo" and "pkg info" are used. 
  • Solved an issue where the agent would exit with error code due to characters not belonging to POSIX character set in the name of a file belonging to a package. 
  • Solved an issue with sparc64 processor model not being recognized due to the agent comparing the name case sensitive. 
  • Solved an issue where the agent could get stuck during scanning if the output from the "file"-command outputs more data than the system is prepared to handle. 
  • The version number of the Solaris 10 operating system is now correctly inventoried.

Released on 22nd of November 2018.

Release information

Product:                Snow Inventory Server
New version:         6.0.2
Release date:        Nov 22nd, 2018
Distribution:          MSI & SUS package

Current status:      Released

Enhancements in Snow Inventory Server 6.0.2

  • The following enhancement has been implemented in Snow Inventory Server version 6.0.2: Minor modifications have been made in the contract between Snow Inventory Server and Snow License Manager. These changes support the upcoming major release of Snow License Manager and relate to data quality and architecture modifications implemented in the Data Update Job for Snow License Manager 9. As such, this release of Snow Inventory Server is significant for customers planning to upgrade to Snow License Manager 9.

Known limitations in Snow Inventory Server 6.0.2

  • Disk-space information about the APFS file system (introduced in macOS High Sierra) and gathered by the Snow Inventory agent for macOS versions 6.0.0 and higher, is not yet fully supported by Snow Inventory Server. Full support will be provided in an upcoming release of Snow Inventory Server.

Released on 22nd November 2018

Release information

Product:                 Snow Inventory Oracle Middleware Scanner
New version:         1.0.0
Release date:        November 22, 2018
Distribution:          SUS
Current status:      Released

Product Overview

To optimize spend on Oracle middleware, an understanding of the software installed on an estate is crucial. However, achieving such insight for Oracle middleware can be challenging and time-consuming. Similar to databases, middleware licensing is further complicated by virtualization technologies. In our commitment to optimizing enterprise software spend and mitigating risk, this first middleware offering from Snow provides inventory data for Oracle WebLogic Server. The Snow Inventory Oracle Middleware Scanner is a dedicated component of Snow Inventory that collects information related to Oracle WebLogic Server installations.
This version of Snow Inventory Oracle Middleware Scanner supports Oracle WebLogic Server version 12 and higher.

Product Dependencies

The Snow Inventory Oracle Middleware Scanner is a standalone component that must be triggered either by crontab job in Linux/Unix environments or by a PowerShell script in Windows. The Snow Inventory Oracle Middleware Scanner requires Inventory agents 6 and higher and is compatible with Snow Inventory Server 6.0.2 environments and higher. Snow License Manager 9 or higher is required to process, normalize, and perform software recognition for Oracle WebLogic Server.

Known Limitations

  • This version of Snow Inventory Oracle Middleware Scanner supports Oracle WebLogic Server version 12 and higher.
  • In this first version, Snow Inventory Oracle Middleware Scanner uses file scanning to find installations and identify Oracle WebLogic Server editions. It does not support process scanning.
  • Correct recognition requires that Oracle WebLogic Server be installed according to the standard installation process.
  • Recognition is limited to Standard and Enterprise Editions.

Released on November 21, 2018

Release information

Product:                Snow Inventory Oracle Scanner
New version:         6.0.1
Release date:        November 21, 2018
Distribution:          SUS
Current status:     Released

Enhancements

The following enhancements have been implemented in Snow Inventory Oracle Scanner version 6.0.1:

  • Data about Oracle databases is now extracted from the Oracle environment even if it is not possible to run the inventory scan on an instance, or if the scan fails.
  • Discovery of the ORACLE_HOME for running Oracle Database instances has been enhanced to avoid manual configuration of an oratab file or the ORACLE_HOME variable for each database instance.
  • Oracle user credentials are no longer passed to sqlplus on the command line.
  • Initial checks are now carried out on a server to determine if Oracle databases are present. If not, no scanning takes place, improving the response time for Windows environments.
  • Logging for configuration issues has been improved.

Corrections

The following corrections have been implemented in Snow Inventory Oracle Scanner version 6.0.1:

  • Detection of the Locator feature and Spatial and Graph options are now clearly separated to avoid erroneous detection of these options.
  • Error handling for NullPointerException when aggregating Options has been improved so that inventory of Oracle databases is no longer incomplete.
  • Multiple item entries are no longer reported for a database if the scan of another database generates errors.
  • Debug mode no longer generates corrupted .snowpack files

Release information

Product:                 Snow Inventory Agent for Linux
New version:         6.0.0
Release date:        October 23, 2018
Distribution:          SUS and MSI package
Current status:     Released

Features

The following feature has been implemented in Snow Inventory Agent for Linux version 6.0.0:

Support for additional types of inventory information

Snow Inventory Agent for Linux 6.0.0 has been prepared to support the extraction of additional types of inventory data to be included in a scan. In this release, support has been added for Snow Oracle Middleware Scanner – a component that will be released later this year. Details of the data extracted will be shared in the release notes for Snow Oracle Middleware Scanner.


Enhancements

The following enhancements have been implemented in Snow Inventory Agent for Linux version 6.0.0:

  • To ease troubleshooting, the agent now logs the full pathnames of the locations it scans.
  • OpenSSL library has been updated from version 1.0.2 to 1.0.2n. 
  • cURL library has been updated from version 7.40 to 7.58.0. 
  • Zlib library has been updated from version 1.2.08 to 1.2.11.


Corrections

The following corrections have been implemented in Snow Inventory Agent for Linux version 6.0.0:

  • Invalid (non UTF-8) characters are no longer included in inventory scan files (snowpack) but are now replaced with the valid � character.
  • The Snow Inventory Oracle Scanner (SIOS) now executes correctly even if the inventory agent is run from a different working directory. The SIOS executable must, however, be placed in the same location as the agent (PRB0041359).
  • Instead of returning a count of 1, the agent now calculates the correct CPU count for virtualized environments containing multiple Linux virtual servers with identical physical IDs. (PRB0041430)
  • Amazon Linux AMI versions 2016.03 and 2014.3 are now recognized by the agent. (PRB0041486)
  • The Model and Manufacturer data are now stored correctly for Parallels desktop environments.

 

Releasenotes

Release information

Product:                Snow Inventory Agent for Windows
New version:         5.3.1
Release date:        October 23, 2018
Distribution:          SUS and MSI Package
Current status:     Released

 

Summary

A privilege escalation exploit vulnerability, CVE 2018-17778, has been identified. The external component cpuidsdk.dll v.1.2.0.6 in Snow Inventory Agent for Windows was reported as vulnerable to this privilege escalation exploit. At the time of publishing this bulletin this vulnerability has not been made public yet and is under review.
While this vulnerability has not yet been published, Snow is releasing an update of Snow inventory agent, the external component of cpuidsdk.dll was updated to the latest version v.1.2.1.2, which mitigates this vulnerability.

Security

Updated an external component CPUIDSDK.dll from 1.2.0.6 to 1.2.1.2 due to a discovered privilege escalation vulnerability CVE-2018-17778.
See security bulletin SN-181010-1 for additional information.

Enhancement

The following enhancements have been implemented in Snow Inventory Agent for Windows version 5.3.1:

  • A newer version of the third-party CPUID component has been included, which has improved CPU detection for:
    • AMD desktop Raven Ridge APU (AM4)
    • Intel Coffee Lake processors and Z370 platform
    • Intel Skylake-X HCC processors
    • Intel Xeon Skylake-SP and Xeon/W Skylake processors
    • Intel Xeon Phi Knight Landing Intel 9th generation Core family (Coffee Lake 9900K, 9700K, 9600K, 9600, 9500 and 9400).
    • Intel Coffee Lake-U processors.
    • Intel Z390.
    • AMD ThreadRipper 2000.

 

Release Notes and Security Note: Snow Inventory Agent 5.3.1 for Windows

Release information

Product:                 Snow Inventory Agent for Windows
New version:         6.0.2
Release date:        October 23, 2018
Distribution:          SUS and MSI Package
Current status:     Released

 

Summary

A privilege escalation exploit vulnerability, CVE 2018-17778, has been identified. The external component cpuidsdk.dll v.1.2.0.6 in Snow Inventory Agent for Windows was reported as vulnerable to this privilege escalation exploit. At the time of publishing this bulletin this vulnerability has not been made public yet and is under review.
While this vulnerability has not yet been published, Snow is releasing an update of Snow inventory agent, the external component of cpuidsdk.dll was updated to the latest version v.1.2.1.2, which mitigates this vulnerability.

Security

Updated an external component CPUIDSDK.dll from 1.2.0.6 to 1.2.1.2 due to a discovered privilege escalation vulnerability CVE-2018-17778.
See security bulletin SN-181010-1 for additional information.

Enhancement

The following enhancements have been implemented in Snow Inventory Agent for Windows version 6.0.2:

  • A new agent configuration setting has been added, http.timeout. This setting defines the timeout value, in seconds, for requests to the server endpoint. The default value is 15 seconds.
  • A newer version of the third-party CPUID component has been included, which has improved CPU detection for: 
    • Intel 9th generation Core family (Coffee Lake 9900K, 9700K, 9600K, 9600, 9500 and 9400)
    • Intel Coffee Lake-U processors.
    • Intel Z390.
    • AMD ThreadRipper 2000.

Release Information

ProductSnow Inventory Oracle Scanner  
New version6.0.0
Release DateOctober 3rd, 2018
DistributionSUS 
Current StatusReleased

 

Enhancements

The following enhancements have been implemented in Snow Inventory Oracle Scanner, version 6.0.0:

  • Additional detection checks have been added to support Oracle options:
    • SPATIAL_VECTOR_ACCELERATION – Spatial and Graph Option
    • ENCRYPT_NEW_TABLESPACES – Advanced Security Option

Corrections

  • The following corrections have been implemented in Snow Inventory Oracle Scanner, version 6.0.0:

    • Triggering the advanced compression option has been corrected to ensure that the capability runs as expected. (PRB0041673)
    • Logging of syslog can now be enabled and disabled using the Syslog setting in the logging section of the agent configuration file – applicable for Snow Inventory agents for Unix and Linux. (PRB0040657)

 

 

 

Link to Release Notes

Release Information

ProductSnow Inventory Agent for Windows 
New version6.0.0
Release DateOctober 2, 2018 
DistributionSUS 
Current StatusReleased

 

Features

Support for additional types of inventory information

Inventory Server 6.0.0 has been prepared to support the extraction of additional types of inventory data to be included in a scan. In this release, support has been added for Snow Oracle Middleware Scanner – a component that will be released later this year. Details of the data extracted will be shared in the release notes for Snow Oracle Middleware Scanner.

Enhancements

  • To ensure that the Windows agent can determine when to trigger a scan, the agent stores the time for next scan on the local machine. If the agent is started and the stored time has passed, a scan is carried out immediately.
  • A newer version of the third-party CPUID component has been included, which has improved CPU detection for:
    o AMD desktop Raven Ridge APU (AM4)
    o Intel Coffee Lake processors and Z370 platform
    o Intel Skylake-X HCC processors
    o Intel Xeon Skylake-SP and Xeon/W Skylake processors
    o Intel Xeon Phi Knight Landing
  • The agent can now be updated to a newer version directly from Inventory Server – even if it is not installed in the default location.
  • Improved memory allocation reduces the memory usage of the agent.
  • The following file attributes are now included in the scan result: product_name, product_version, original_filename and file_description.

Corrections

  • The setting to enable scanning on all local disks (<LocalDisk>) has been deprecated. We have added a new setting, Software-Include, which will function together with the existing Software-Exclude configuration settings. If Software-Include paths are present in the agent configuration file, the agent will scan the specified paths. If Software-Include paths are not set, the agent will scan all local disks. If Software-Exclude paths are included, these spaces will not be included in the scan.
  • Physical memory slot information is now gathered correctly.
  • The Snow Inventory Oracle Scanner (SIOS) now runs correctly even if the inventory agent is running from a different working directory. The SIOS executable, however, needs to be placed in the same folder as the agent.
  • Lingering application metering data for applications that have been removed no longer causes software rows to be created for the removed application.

Release Information

ProductSnow Inventory Agent for Windows 
New version6.0.0
Release DateOctober 2, 2018 
DistributionSUS 
Current StatusReleased

 

Features

Support for additional types of inventory information

Inventory Server 6.0.0 has been prepared to support the extraction of additional types of inventory data to be included in a scan. In this release, support has been added for Snow Oracle Middleware Scanner – a component that will be released later this year. Details of the data extracted will be shared in the release notes for Snow Oracle Middleware Scanner.

Enhancements

  • To ensure that the Windows agent can determine when to trigger a scan, the agent stores the time for next scan on the local machine. If the agent is started and the stored time has passed, a scan is carried out immediately.
  • A newer version of the third-party CPUID component has been included, which has improved CPU detection for:
    o AMD desktop Raven Ridge APU (AM4)
    o Intel Coffee Lake processors and Z370 platform
    o Intel Skylake-X HCC processors
    o Intel Xeon Skylake-SP and Xeon/W Skylake processors
    o Intel Xeon Phi Knight Landing
  • The agent can now be updated to a newer version directly from Inventory Server – even if it is not installed in the default location.
  • Improved memory allocation reduces the memory usage of the agent.
  • The following file attributes are now included in the scan result: product_name, product_version, original_filename and file_description.

Corrections

  • The setting to enable scanning on all local disks (<LocalDisk>) has been deprecated. We have added a new setting, Software-Include, which will function together with the existing Software-Exclude configuration settings. If Software-Include paths are present in the agent configuration file, the agent will scan the specified paths. If Software-Include paths are not set, the agent will scan all local disks. If Software-Exclude paths are included, these spaces will not be included in the scan.
  • Physical memory slot information is now gathered correctly.
  • The Snow Inventory Oracle Scanner (SIOS) now runs correctly even if the inventory agent is running from a different working directory. The SIOS executable, however, needs to be placed in the same folder as the agent.
  • Lingering application metering data for applications that have been removed no longer causes software rows to be created for the removed application.

 

Release Notes SIM 5.10

Release Information

ProductSnow Inventory Oracle Scanner  
New version6.0.0
Release DateOctober 3rd, 2018
DistributionSUS 
Current StatusQA approved

 

Enhancements

The following enhancements have been implemented in Snow Inventory Oracle Scanner, version 6.0.0:

  • Additional detection checks have been added to support Oracle options:
    • SPATIAL_VECTOR_ACCELERATION – Spatial and Graph Option
    • ENCRYPT_NEW_TABLESPACES – Advanced Security Option

Corrections

  • The following corrections have been implemented in Snow Inventory Oracle Scanner, version 6.0.0:

    • Triggering the advanced compression option has been corrected to ensure that the capability runs as expected. (PRB0041673)
    • Logging of syslog can now be enabled and disabled using the Syslog setting in the logging section of the agent configuration file – applicable for Snow Inventory agents for Unix and Linux. (PRB0040657)

 

 

 

Link to Release Notes

This release introduce features, enhancements and corrections.

Release Information

ProductSnow Inventory Server 
New version6.0.0
Release DateSeptember 25, 2018
DistributionSUS (and MSI in a bit)
Current StatusReleased

 

Features in Snow Inventory Server 6.0.0

Compatibility with upcoming release of Snow License Manager
Inventory Server 6.0.0. includes support for an upgrade of the Data Update Job – or daily maintenance task – due for release in an upcoming version of Snow License Manager. The Data Update Job is the machinery that connects Snow Inventory to Snow License Manager, ensuring that the data collected from a customer environment is correctly replicated in SLM for use in license compliance calculations, managing computers, reports, and visualization.

The modifications to the Data Update Job focus on data handling and the creation of a clear separation of responsibilities between Snow Inventory and Snow License Manager – removing dependencies and enabling best practices. For Snow Inventory users, improvements will be visible in the time it takes to delete computers, users and devices.

Support for additional types of inventory information
Inventory Server 6.0.0 has been prepared to support the extraction of additional types of inventory data to be included in a scan. In this release, support has been added for Snow Oracle Middleware Scanner – a component that will be released later this year. Details of the data extracted will be shared in the updated release notes of the relevant inventory agents, when the scanner component has been released.

Enhancements in Snow Inventory Server 6.0.0

  • For security reasons, the Master Server and Service Gateway APIs no longer report their local dates and times.
  • Inventory Server, Snow Update Service, and Snow Management and Configuration Center can now be installed in a location other than C:\Program Files. The pathname of the desired location for these components can be specified during the upgrade process to this version of Inventory Server in the installation wizard. All three components must reside in the same location.
  • Inventory server no longer rejects inventory files containing unexpected and invalid characters. The invalid characters will be skipped, and the remainder of the inventory file will be processed as normal.
  • The file attributes FileDescription, FileVersion, ProductName, ProductVersion, and OriginalFilename, collected by the Inventory agent for Windows, are now processed and stored in the Snow Inventory database with their original attribute names.

Corrections in Snow Inventory Server 6.0.0

  • Additional data handling has been added to prevent the Inventory Admin Console from unexpectedly quitting when users with either low bandwidth or large data sets were switching between device information pages (PRB0041331).

 

Known limitations in Snow Inventory Server 6.0.0

  • Disk-space information about the APFS file system (introduced in macOS High Sierra) and gathered by the Snow Inventory agent for macOS versions 6.0.0 and higher, is not yet fully supported by Snow Inventory Server. Full support will be provided in an upcoming release of Snow Inventory Server.

 

This release introduce features, enhancements and corrections.

Release Information

ProductSnow Inventory Agent for macOS
New version6.0.0
Release DateSeptember 27, 2018
DistributionSUS and MSI Setup
Current StatusQA approved

 

Enhancements

The following enhancements have been implemented in Snow Inventory Agent for macOS 6.0.0:

  • Official support for macOS Mojave.
  • To align with Apple’s announcement that support for applications built on 32-bit architecture will cease, the macOS agent are now built with a 64-bit architecture.
  • Scanning of environment variables can now be enabled/disabled, using the system setting software.scan.environmentvariables in agent configuration. This parameter is enabled by default.
  • Functionality to detect and gather information about NVMe-disks on newer MacBooks has been added to the agent. Full utilization of this functionality is dependent on an upcoming release of Inventory Server.
  • The agent can now gather detailed information from the APFS file system introduced in macOS High Sierra.
  • The curl library has been updated to maintain compatibility and ensure that the latest vulnerability patches included in these libraries are applied, such as the most recent release of the communication protocol TLS 1.2.
  • The request header sent to the server now includes site name. In the future, this data will enable the Inventory Server to block unwanted agents more efficiently.
  • The capability to gather information from local disks has been upgraded to support new Apple file systems and hardware. Full utilization of this functionality is dependent on an upcoming release of Inventory Server (PRB0041131).

Corrections

  • The agent now reports the correct number of physical cores when Hyper-Threading is enabled on the machine being scanned. (PRB0040911).
  • If BIOS date is unavailable, this field will remain empty – overriding the previous solution, which assigned it with the scan date (PRB0041129).
  • The agent no longer causes a segmentation error when the running update-package command is run from the command line (PRB0041672).

This release introduce features, enhancements and corrections.

Release Information

ProductSnow Inventory Agent for Unix 
New version6.0.0
Release DateSeptember 19, 2018
DistributionSUS 
Current StatusReleased

 

Features

Support for additional types of inventory information

Inventory Server 6.0.0 has been prepared to support the extraction of additional types of inventory data to be included in a scan. In this release, support has been added for Snow Oracle Middleware Scanner – a component that will be released later this year. Details of the data extracted will be shared in the release notes for Snow Oracle Middleware Scanner.

Enhancements

  • To ease troubleshooting, the agent now logs the full pathnames of the locations it scans.

Corrections

  • Logging of syslog can now be enabled and disabled using the Syslog setting in the logging section of the agent configuration file.
  • Support for Isof command has been added to resolve paths on PA RISC /HP UX machines when the pfiles are missing from their expected location.
  • When a connection to the Inventory Server fails, the agent now logs an error instead of a warning in the log file.