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Reading the VMDR Prioritization Report

Using the VMDR Prioritization report, you can detect which vulnerabilities to remediate first. The VMDR Prioritization report contains of two sections: Summary and Details.

Summary

The Summary section of the VMDR Prioritization report displays the findings with the following three sections.

Summary of the VMDR prioritization report

Prioritized Assets  

Depending on the asset tags that you choose, the assets are identified for this report. Prioritized Assets is the count of assets out of the total assets with vulnerabilities that meet the combination of the detection age, RTIs, and attack surface you selected.

In the above example, 208 assets matched the selected asset tags. Out of the 208 assets, 83 assets have vulnerabilities that met the combination of the selected Detection Age, RTIs, and Attack Surface.

Prioritized Vulnerabilities

The Prioritized Vulnerabilities section displays a summary of prioritized vulnerabilities that are detected on the assets.

Instances: The count indicates the total number of vulnerabilities that meet the combination of the detection age, RTIs, and attack surface you selected.  

The count may include multiple occurrences of a single vulnerability (that is a single QID) detected on multiple assets.

In the above example, 3.17K vulnerabilities were detected. Out of the 3.17K vulnerabilities, 301 vulnerability instances met the combination of the selected detection age, RTIs, and attack surface across the 208 assets.

Unique: The count of unique vulnerabilities (excluding duplicate QID instances) out of the vulnerability instances identified/detected.

In the above example, out of the 301 instances, 87 are the unique vulnerabilities.

Available Patches

Count of the patches that are available with Qualys. Click Patch Now to initiate the process of patching the vulnerabilities.

Click Details link to view details such as number of vulnerabilities that will be fixed with the available patches, number of assets on which the vulnerabilities is detected and can be fixed with the patches.

Details of assets and vulnerabilities that will be fixed with the available patches.

Assets: The count of assets on which the vulnerabilities can be fixed with the available patches. Click on the count to view all the assets in Assets tab below.

Vuln Instances: The count is the total number of vulnerabilities that meet the combination of the detection age, RTIs, and attack surface you selected that can be fixed with the available patches.

Unique Vuln: The count of unique vulnerabilities (excluding duplicate QID instances) that can be fixed with the available patches. Click on the count to view all the unique vulnerabilities in the Vulnerabilities tab below.

Note: The Patch Now button is enabled only when Qualys can automatically patch the  vulnerability and the Patch Management app is enabled in your subscription.

You could choose to perform one of the 4 actions:

Options displayed to patch vulnerabilities.

- Windows Patches - Opens the Patch Summary to show details about the available Windows patches. You can create a new job or add the patches to an existing job in the Patch Management module. Follow the instructions on the wizard and initiate the patching process.  You can add maximum 200 patches to a single job. You cannot add patches to OnDemand or run-once (non recurring) jobs, once they are enabled.

Patch Summary for Windows Assets

- View Missing Windows Patches - Displays the list of missing patches for the prioritized Windows assets and vulnerabilities. In case you have a free version of Patch Management then you can only view the list of missing patches. You will need to upgrade to the paid version of Patch Management app to initiate deployment job workflows from the Patch Now option. Show me

List of the missing patches.

- Linux Patches - Opens the Patch Summary to show details about the available Linux patches. You can create a new job or add the patches to an existing job in the Patch Management module. Follow the instructions on the wizard and initiate the patching process.  You can add maximum 200 patches to a single job. You cannot add patches to OnDemand or run-once (non recurring) jobs, once they are enabled.

Patch Summary for Linux

- View Missing Linux Patches - Displays the list of missing patches for the Linux assets and vulnerabilities. In case you have a free version of Patch Management then you can only view the list of missing patches. You will need to upgrade to the paid version of Patch Management app to initiate deployment job workflows from the Patch Now option. Show me

List of the missing patches.

For more information, refer to the online help of the  Patch Management app.

Details

The details section includes detailed information about prioritized vulnerabilities, patches and prioritized assets. Use the tabs to toggle between the three views. The Vulnerabilities, Patches, and Assets tabs offer advanced search capabilities using tokens.

The Patch Now button is enabled only for patches available at Qualys and if you have Patch Management app enabled in your subscription.

Tell me how to use the search 

You can  search with multiple criteria in a single go.

Start typing in the Search field and we'll show you the properties you can search such as vulnerability severity, detection age, etc. Select the one you're interested in.

search query options displayed as you type the text.

Click the + sign for a combined Vulnerability and Asset search.

example of multiple criteria in search queries.

Start typing and we'll show you the asset properties you can search like agentId, agent version, etc. Select the one you're interested in.

Now, enter the value you want to match, and press Enter. That's it! Your matches will appear in respective tab.

Tell me how to use group by option

Once you have your search results ready, you may want to organize them further into logical groupings. We offer several group by options such as detection age, vulnerability age severity and more.

You'll see the number of unique groupings based on your selection (e.g. 6 unique vulnerabilities) and the number of vulnerabilities per group. Click on any grouping to update the search query and view the matching vulnerabilities.

If you use the Cloud Agent tag in the Prioritization report, you cannot group by the Linux patches using the App Family, Vendor, or Type filters.

Detail information about vulnerabilities, patches and assets.