Unsupported OS Report

by Josef Weiss
December 19, 2013

This report displays details on any unsupported operating systems that have been found in your environment via Nessus scanning. It utilizes user customizable Dynamic Asset Lists that must be enabled and configured by the analyst prior to running this report.

A requirement is an active dynamic asset for unsupported operating systems. This asset can be created by loading and modifying the existing Unsupported Windows OS Asset in the SecurityCenter app feed, or creating a custom dynamic asset list that contains explicit words, patterns, or regex to match descriptions for unsupported operating systems.

Unsupported operating systems are old operating systems that are not supported by the manufacturer, or those not supported by IT policy. Examples include Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Mac OS 9. Microsoft and Apple no longer provide support for these operating systems, and subsequently any newly found security flaws found will not be patched or updated. This could pose a threat to the organization’s security posture.

This report presents the analyst with information on the number (count) and type of unsupported operating systems, a pie chart breakdown of all the operating systems found in the current environment, and individual host breakdowns.

The report and its components are available in the SecurityCenter 4.7 Report app feed, an app store of dashboards, reports, and assets. The report requirements are:

  • SecurityCenter 4.7.1
  • Nessus 5.2.4
  • Unsupported Windows OS Asset from feed.