Tripwire for Servers 4.8.6 README

August 2019


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  1. Brief Product Overview
  2. Recommended System Requirements--Tripwire for Servers
  3. Installation
  4. Support Information

1. Brief Product Overview

Tripwire for Servers tells you how your system has changed from a known, good state. It does this by first scanning your system, based upon pre-established rules, and creating a baseline. Once this baseline is created, Tripwire for Servers can be run periodically to determine how the system has changed from the baseline. If changes are detected, Tripwire for Servers generates a report of the changes, and optionally, sends alerts via email, syslog, or SNMP. In addition, it has the ability to export these reports as HTML or XML files.

Tripwire for Servers uses a user-defined policy file. This policy file specifies which objects and properties of those objects to check. The policy file can be tuned to eliminate noise of day-to-day system changes based upon normal system operation, and only report significant, actionable events. The policy file also characterizes objects or groups of objects based upon function and relative severity. When multiple integrity violations are reported,Tripwire for Servers will sort the output based each object's function and relative severity as defined in the policy file, allowing you to easily see and address the most serious issues first.

Tripwire for Servers includes a default policy file for each operating system on which it is supported.

Tripwire for Servers includes software that enables it to connect to one or more Tripwire Managers. Tripwire Manager is a robust, cross-platform management console that enables IT operations and security professionals to manage all Tripwire for Servers installations from a central location. Rather than monitoring each component individually, using Tripwire Manager saves time and provides a comprehensive overview of file-level changes to servers across the enterprise.


2. Recommended System Requirements for Tripwire for Servers

Tripwire for Servers 4.8.6 is supported on the following platforms:

  • Linux (x86 and x86_64)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.x - 6.x
    • SUSE Enterprise Linux 9.x - 11.x
  • Linux (Itanium)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0
    • SUSE Enterprise Linux 9.0
  • Windows Server 2019
  • Windows 2000 Professional, Server, and Advanced Server with SP3 or later
  • Windows Server 2003 Standard and Enterprise Editions up to SP2
  • Windows XP Professional x32 up to SP3 and x64 to SP1
  • Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate Editions with no service packs
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard and Enterprise Editions up to Service Pack 2 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate Editions up to SP1 (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and Enterprise Editions up to SP1
  • Windows 8 Standard, Pro, and Enterprise Editions (32 and 64 bit)
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard and Enterprise Editions
  • RHEL & CentOS 8
  • Solaris (SPARC), version 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11
  • Solaris (x86 and x86_64), version 10 & 11
  • IBM AIX, version 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 7.1
  • HP-UX 11.0**, 11i**, and 11iv2 with PA-RISC 1.1 or higher processor
  • HP-UX 11iv2 & 11iv3 with Itanium processor
    • HP-UX 11.x 32 and 64 bit versions are fully supported.
  • FreeBSD (x86) 5.3+
  • Windows:
    • 2000/2003/XP Pro/Vista/2008/2008 R2/Win7/Win8/2012/Windows 10
    • Pentium-class processor or above
    • 128 MB RAM
    • 12 MB disk space
    • Server 2003 x64 Edition
    • Xeon or Opteron processor
    • 128 MB RAM
    • 12 MB disk space
  • Solaris (SPARC):
    • Sun recommended current patch level for all versions
    • SPARC 2-class processor or above
    • 128 MB RAM
    • 56 MB disk space
  • Solaris (x86 and x86_64):
    • Sun recommended current patch level for all versions
    • Pentium-class processor or above
    • 128 MB RAM
    • 33 MB disk space
  • Ubuntu:
    • Ubuntu 18.04
  • Linux:
    • Linux (x86 and x86_64) kernel 2.4 or higher
    • glibc 2.3 and higher
    • Pentium-class processor or above
    • 128 MB RAM
    • 25 MB disk space
    • Linux (ia64) kernel 2.4 or higher
    • glibc 2.3
    • Itanium II processor
    • 128 MB RAM
    • 41 MB disk space
  • FreeBSD:
    • FreeBSD 5.3+
    • Pentium-class processor or above
    • 128 MB RAM
    • 21 MB disk space
  • HP-UX:
    • HP-UX 11.0, 11i, 11iv2, 11iv3
    • PA-RISC 1.1-class processor or above
    • 128 MB RAM
    • 67 MB disk space
    • HP-UX 11iv2
    • Itanium processor
    • 128 MB RAM
    • 82 MB disk space
  • AIX:
    • AIX 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 7.1
    • RS/6000-class processor or above
    • 128 MB RAM
    • 56 MB disk space

4. Installation

For installation instructions, refer to the Tripwire for Servers Installation Guide. A hardcopy version of the Guide is included in the software distribution package. A PDF version of the Guide is included on the Tripwire for Servers CD and in your installed Tripwire for Servers documents directory.

If you are upgrading Tripwire Manager and Tripwire for Servers, you must upgrade Tripwire Manager first. Tripwire for Servers version 4.8 is not compatible with earlier versions of Tripwire Manager. However Tripwire Manager4.8 is compatible with versions of Tripwire for Servers back to 4.0.2.

4. Support Information

For any support communications or questions regarding this product, please contact Tripwire, Inc. at:


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