Sicura Agent
  1. Introduction
  2. Installation
  3. Upgrade
  4. Commands
  5. Configuration

Using SIMP Agent

The SIMP Agent can be executed from the command line with simp-agent followed by sub-command. For a full list of sub-commands and their functions, run simp-agent help.


Running simp-agent register will walk you through an interactive registration process that gets your system to a scannable/enforcable state and connected to an instance of SIMP Console.

An example of the registration process is as follows:

? Enter the name this node will appear on the console as (default: FQDN)
? Enter a URL for your collector https://my-simp-console:6468
? Enter the registration token for your collector XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
? Select abilities this node can use:  [Use arrows to move, space to select, type to filter]
> [x]  OpenSCAP -- Perform vulnerability assessment for Linux using the open source OpenSCAP tool.
  [ ]  jScat -- Perform vulnerability assessment for Windows using the jScat tool.
  [ ]  CIS-Cat -- Perform CIS assessment using proprietary CIS-Cat Assessor.
  [ ]  SCE Reporting -- Submit compliance reports generated by SIMP Compliance Engine to SIMP Console.
  [x]  Enforce Compliance -- Accept compliance enforcement from SIMP Console.

This will register the node of the SIMP Console running at https://my-simp-console:6468 to use the assessors OpenSCAP and CIS-Cat.

If at any point you need to change any of the information set during registration, you can edit your collector config.


Running simp-agent list will search all content locations defined in your config and all benchmark files then display the profiles that can be used for scanning.

INFO[0000] Parsing benchmarks...                           
INFO[0002] /var/db/simp/agent/state/benchmarks/scap/(stig or cis)/SIMP_Default_Content-Example.xml 
INFO[0002]       disa-stig_example_profile_name 
INFO[0002]       xccdf_org.cisecurity.benchmarks_profile_Level_2 
INFO[0002] /home/myUsername/benchmarks/MyCustomBenchmarks.xml 
INFO[0002]       disa-stig_example_profile_name
INFO[0002]       nist_800_53_example_profile_name


The four flags for simp-agent scan are -A, -b, -p and -node.

To perform a scan on your local system, run simp-agent scan -A API Version -b file.xml -p profile .

Note: If no benchmark or profile are specified the agent will prompt for a selection from the simp-agent list results.

Note: If you have a benchmark located somewhere simp-agent list does NOT already know about, you must specify the absolute path._


 simp-agent scan -b /home/myUsername/benchmarks/MyCustomBenchmarks.xml -p disa-stig_example_profile_name


Running simp-agent info will dump all system information being used by the SIMP Agent.

INFO[0000] os.release.major: 7                      
INFO[0000] scap_filename:                               
INFO[0000] platform: cpe:/o:centos:7 
INFO[0000] cpe_list: {[cpe:/o:centos:7]} 
INFO[0000] centos                            
INFO[0000] os.release.full: 7                       
INFO[0000] fqdn: computer-hostname                     
INFO[0000] kernel: linux                                
INFO[0000] centos                              
INFO[0000] simp-agent.statedir: /var/db/simp/agent/state 
INFO[0000] simp-agent.default_scap_scanner: OpenSCAP  

Note: Your output will vary from this example depending on your system.


To connect to each of the SIMP Console collectors (see simp-agent.yaml section for details) and download new/updated content, run simp-agent fetch.

INFO[0000] [1] Registering collector on 
INFO[0000] Fetching Benchmark: scap/cis/SIMP_Default_Content-Example-CIS.xml 
INFO[0000] Fetching Benchmark: scap/stig/SIMP_Default_Content-Example-STIG.xml 
INFO[0000] [1] Benchmarks are up to date  


Scans can be ran immediately or scheduled for specific times from the SIMP Console UI. From the command line, simp-agent run will launch the SIMP Agent into a “waiting mode”. The agent will then open connections against each collector, waiting for a job to be requested.


To add the SIMP Agent as a service to your host OS, run simp-agent install

Service managers we support:


To remove the service for the SIMP Agent run simp-agent remove


The SIMP Agent runs as a daemon/service. To start the service, run simp-agent start. The SIMP Agent will then run a simp-agent run process in the background.


To stop the service for the SIMP Agent run simp-agent stop


To check the current status of the SIMP Agent service, run simp-agent status