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Block Smart update feature

Hi - Is there a option to block the alert/notification of Smartupdates in WebInspect.

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Re: Block Smart update feature

The SmartUpdate runs automatically when WebInspect opens.  This can be disabled by the user under the Edit menu > Application Settings > Smart Update panel.  Disable the box for "Enable Smart Update on Startup".  This same screen shows the destination being connected, i.e. https://smartupdate.hpsmartupdate.com/

 

However, it is generally optimal to leave this enabled.  While the SecureBase updates have begun being throttled to quarterly bundled releases, there are times when SmartUpdate will have updates between those new cycles.  The recent OpenSSL vulnerability "Heartbleed" was one such case.

 

What exactly was the trouble with the notification?


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Re: Block Smart update feature

Thanks for the reply. At an enterprise level, we aren't recommended to install the patches/versions in the client PC by self. The updates needs to be tested and installed by the respective support personnel and get it migrated to all other machines. So, just wanted to check if the option of auto update can be disabled in the induvidual PCs.

 

Is the installable .exe is available for 10.1 version as currently 10.2 is released. If so, could you please share the link where we can download the 10.1 version of WebInspect.

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There is no way to disable SmartUpdate other than for the user to disable the Application Setting mentioned before.  WebInspect (desktop) is a point solution largely controlled and configured by that local user.

 

Separately, HP WebInspect Enterprise, and its predecessor HP AMP, both offer centralized control over SmartUpdates for the server's clients.  Normally these are just the Sensors, but it can also be used to control the WebInspect desktop installations.  The way this works requires two factors.

  First, the WebInspect desktop Activation Token has an internal feature known as its "Server Mode".  This is set to "Standalone" by default, making WebInspect desktop a complete free agent, able to interact with our enterprise solution but operate completely on its own.  Changing this license value to "Roaming" or "Fixed" (done by request through Fortify Support  http://support.fortify.com) will cause the WebInspect desktop machine to be completely dependent on its enterprise server (WIE or AMP) for retrieving all of its SmartUpdates.

  The second requirement is that the enterprise administrators should keep SmartUpdate continuous (scheduled daily?) on the server, but then they must review the SmartUpdate Approvals area regularly.  Only those releases they mark as "Approved" will get pushed to the connected clients, Sensors and enterprise-dependent WebInspect desktops equally.

 

Between the two "enterprise modes", the Roaming Mode means the WebInspect desktop only gets its updates from its local server, but that it can disconnect and go "on the road" to run scans elsewhere.  The Fixed Mode requires a full-time connection to the enterprise server in order to even operate, much less SmartUpdate.  The Roaming Mode seems to be more popular of these two particular Modes, since it is less likely to disrupt scan work but affords that centralized control you are seeking.

 

 

Here are the common public product pages you will want to keep handy for manual release and upgrades.


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