4. Administration

4.1. License Management

Login to ASGARD, navigate to Licensing and upload a valid license.


Install a license

After uploading, the license details are displayed.

4.2. System Status

The initial system status page provides a summary of the most important system components.

It also includes the current resource consumption (disk, CPU and memory) and lists the currently installed ASGARD software version along with available versions of THOR. Additionally, the connection status to the update servers, Master ASGARD and Cockpit are shown with a graph that shows asset connections and asset streams.

Note: The THOR version numbers may be missing in a new installation. THOR is not included in the installed packages. THOR is downloaded automatically after the installation and should show up not later than one hour after installation.



The logs section shows the latest and most relevant logs. Complete logs can be found at /var/lib/nextron/asgard2/log


Logs Section

4.3. ASGARD Agent Deployment

In order to register a new endpoint to the ASGARD Management Center, download and install the ASGARD agent on the system you want to register.

The ASGARD agent can be downloaded from ASGARD directly through the button Download ASGARD Agent. A list of available agents for various operating systems appears.


Download ASGARD Agent


Agents Overview

After installation, the endpoints will connect to ASGARD, register automatically and appear in the Asset Management Section in the tab Requests. Please allow two or three minutes for systems to show up. The agents use the hostname to connect to ASGARD, ensure that your endpoints can resolve and reach the ASGARD hostname.

In the requests tab, select the agents you want ASGARD to manage and click Accept. After that, the endpoint shows up in the asset tab and is now ready to be managed or scanned.


Accepting ASGARD Agent Requests

A registered agent will poll to the ASGARD Management Center at a given interval between 10 seconds and 600 seconds – depending on the number of connected endpoints (see chapter 6.1 Performance Tuning for details). If ASGARD has scheduled a task for the endpoint (for example: run THOR scan) it will be executed directly after the poll.

4.4. Asset Management

4.4.1. Overview

Management of all endpoints registered with ASGARD can be performed in Asset Management. The assets will be presented as a table with an individual ASGARD ID, their IP addresses and host names.


Asset View

By clicking the control buttons in the Actions column, you can start a new scan, run a response playbook, open a command line or switch the endpoints ping rate to a few seconds instead of a maximum of 10 minutes.

Asset Actions

Available Actions (left to right): Run Scan, Run Playbook, Start Remote Console, Decrease/Increase Endpoint Ping Rate

Please note:

  • The internal ping between the ASGARD agent and ASGARD is based on HTTPS not ICMP
  • Depending on the user's role some of the control buttons may be disabled

4.4.2. Column Visibility

Users can select various columns and adjust their view according to their needs.

Asset Columns

Available columns in Asset Management

4.4.3. Asset Labels

Labels are used to group assets. These groups can then be used in scans or tasks.

You can add multiple labels to an asset or a group of assets. This is done by selecting the particular assets in the left column, typing the label name (e.g. New_Label) and clicking the red (+) button in the upper right corner.

Note: Don't use labels with white space characters as it could cause issues in syncs with Analysis Cockpit, exports / imports or other underlying legacy functions.

Asset Labling

Asset List with Labels

In order to remove labels, select your assets, type the name of the label you want to remove for these assets and click the (-) button.

The asset management section has extensive filtering capabilities, e.g. it is easy to select only Linux endpoints that have been online today and have a particular label assigned. Export Asset List

The Import/Export Section allows you to export your assets to a .csv file. Import Labels

The import function allows you to add or remove labels on assets based on columns in that CSV file.

The import function processes the values in the columns Add Labels ... and Remove Labels ... only. In order to change labels, use the already exported list, add values in these columns and re-import it. Separate multiple labels with comma. Leading or ending white space characters will be stripped from the labels.

Asset Labling via CSV

Asset Labling via CSV

4.5. Scan Control

4.5.1. Managing Scan Templates

Scan templates are the most convenient way to make use of THOR's rich set of scan options. Starting with ASGARD 1.10., it is possible to define scan parameters for THOR 10 and store them in different templates for later use in single scans and grouped scans.

Imagine you want to use dedicated scan options for different system groups (e.g. Linux Servers, Domain Controllers, Workstations, etc.) and make sure to use exactly the same set of scan options every time you scan a particular group of systems. With ASGSARD you can now add a scan template for every group.

A popular use case for scan templates is providing additional resource control – for example telling THOR to set the lowest process priority for itself and never use more that 50% of a single CPU.

Please keep in mind, that we have already optimized THOR to use the most relevant scan options for a particular system (based on type, numbers of CPUs and system resources) and a comprehensive resource control is enabled by default.

For more details please refer to the THOR manual. Only use the scan templates if you want to deviate from the default for a reason.

Scan templates are protected from being modified by ASGARD users without the "Manage Scan Templates" - permission and can also be restricted from being used by ASGARD users in case the flag "ForceStandardArgs" is set for this user. (see user management section for details).

In order to create a scan template, navigate to "Scan Control" > "Scan Templates" and click the "Add" button. The "Add Scan Template" dialogue appears. You will find the most frequently used options on the top of this page. You can view all THOR options by clicking on the "Collapse / Expand" button.


Managing Scan Templates

By checking the "Default" box, you can make this scan template the default template for every new scan. Checking the "Restricted" box restricts this scan template from being used by any ASGARD user with the "ForceStandardArgs" restriction set. After clicking the "Add" button on the bottom of the template page, an overview of all existing scan templates is shown.


Restricting Scan Templates


Scan Templates Overview

4.5.2. Scan a Single System Create a Single Scan

The creation of a scan is performed within the Asset Management. There is a button for each asset to create a new scan and to show all past scans.

Just click on the "crosshair" button in the Action column in the Asset Management view. It takes you to the scan control section.


Scan Control - Scan Creation

Within this form, you can choose the scan flags and custom signatures can be selected.

After the desired parameters have been set, the scan can be started by clicking the Submit button. Stopping a Single Scan

To stop a single scan, navigate to the "Single Scans" tab in Scan Control section and click the "stop" (square) button for the scan you want to stop.


Stopping a Single Scan Download Scan Results

After the scan completion, you can download the scan results via the download button in the actions column.

The download button has the following options:

  • Download THOR Log (the text log file)
  • Download HTML Report (as *.gz compressed file; available for successful scans only)
  • Show HTML Report (opens another tab with the HTML report)
Download Scan Results

Scan Control - Download Scan Results

4.5.3. Scan Groups of Systems Create Grouped Scans

A scan for a group of systems can be created in the Scan Control section.


Scan Control – Create Group Scan

As with the single scans, various parameters can be set. Aside from the already mentioned parameters, the following parameters can be set:


Freely selectable name for the group scan.


ASGARD will not send additional scans to the agents when the client limit is reached. Therefore you need to set a limit higher than the number of hosts you want to scan. If you are using Master ASGARD, this limit is applied on each single selected ASGARD.


The number of scans per minute that a scan should run. This is where the network load can be controlled. Additionally, it is recommended to use this parameter in virtualized and oversubscribed environments in order to limit the number of parallel scans on your endpoints.


After this time frame, no scan orders will be issued to the connected agents.


Here you can define which assets will be affected by the group scan. In case more than one label is chosen: An asset must have at least one chosen label attached to it to be affected by the scan. If no label is selected, all known assets will be scanned.

Custom IOCs

If you have provided custom IOCs in the IOC Management section, they can be selected here.

After the group scan has been saved or saved and started, you will automatically be forwarded to the list of grouped scans. List of all Group Scans

The list of all group scans contains, among other items, the unique Scan-ID and the name.


Scan Control – Group Scans – List

In addition, information can be found about the chosen scanner, the chosen parameters, the start and completion times and the affected assets (defined by labels). Additional columns can be added by clicking on "Column Visibility".

The Status field can have the following values:

Started: Scan is started, ASGARD will issue scans with the given parameters

Stopped: No additional scan jobs are being issued. All single scans that are currently running will continue to do so.

Completed: The group scan is completed. No further scan jobs will be issued. Starting a Group Scan

A group scan can be started by clicking on the "play" button in the "Actions" column of a group scan.


Scan Control – Group Scan – Start Button

Subsequently, the scan will be listed as "Started". Starting a Scheduled Group Scan

Scans that are to run on a frequent basis can be created in the "New Scheduled Grouped Scan" tab.


Scan Control – New Scheduled Group Scan


Scan Control – Scheduled Group Scan

The Scheduled Group Scan section shows all schedules along with their periodicity. All group scans that have been started through the scheduler will show up on top of the Group Scan section the moment they are started. Details of a Group Scan

Further information about a group scan can be observed from the detail page of the group scan. Click the scan you are interested in and the details section will appear.


Scan Control – Group Scans – Details

Aside from information about the group scan, there is a graph that shows the number of assets started and how many assets have already completed the scan.

4.6. Response Control

4.6.1. Opening a Remote Shell on an endpoint

In order to open a remote shell on an endpoint, open the Asset Management section and click the "command line" button in the Actions column.


Opening a Remote Shell from the Asset View

Depending on your configuration it may take between 10 seconds and 10 minutes for the remote shell to open. Please note that all actions within the remote shell are recorded and can be audited. All shells open with root privileges or system privileges.


Remote Shell on MacOS

In order to replay a remote console session, navigate to Response Control, select the task that represents your session and click the play button.


Replay Remote Shell Session

ASGARD users can only see their own remote shell session. Only users with the RemoteConsoleProtocol permission are able to replay all sessions from all users.

4.6.2. Response Control with pre-defined playbooks

In addition to controlling THOR scans, ASGARD Management Center contains extensive response functions. Through ASGARD, you can start or stop processes, modify and delete files or registry entries, quarantine endpoints, collect triage packages and execute literally any command on connected systems. All with one click and executed on one endpoint or groups of endpoints.

It is also possible to download specific suspicious files. You can transfer a suspicious file to the ASGARD Management Center and analyze it in a Sandbox.


Built-in Playbooks

To execute a predefined response action on a single endpoint, navigate to the Asset Management view and click the "play" button in the Actions Column. This will lead you to a dialogue where you can select the desired action.


Execute Playbook on Single Endpoint

In this example, we collect a full triage package.

ASGARD ships with pre-defined playbooks for the following tasks:

  • Collect full triage pack (Windows only)
  • Isolate endpoint (Windows only)
  • Collect system memory
  • Collect file
  • Collect directory
  • Execute command and collect stdout and stderr

Nextron provides additional playbooks via ASGARD updates.

Caution !!!

The collection of memory can set the systems under high load and impacts the systems response times during the transmission of collected files. Consider all settings carefully! Also be aware that memory dumps may fail due to kernel incompatibilities or conflicting security mechanisms. Memory dumps have been successfully tested on all supported Windows operating systems with various patch levels. The memory collection on Linux systems depends on kernel settings and loaded modules, thus we cannot guarantee a successful collection. Additionally, memory dumps require temporary free disk space on the system drive and consume a significant amount of disk space on ASGARD as well. The ASGARD agent checks if there is enough memory on the system drive and adds a 50% safety buffer. If there is not enough free disk space, the memory dump will fail.

4.6.3. Response Control for Groups of Systems

Response functions for groups of systems can be defined in the New Group Tasks tab or the New Scheduled Group Task tab.


Execute Playbook on Group of Endpoints

4.6.4. Response Control with custom playbooks

You can add your own custom playbook by clicking the Add Playbook button in the Response Control section.


Add Custom Playbook

This lets you define a name and a description for your playbook. After clicking the Add Playbook button, click on your new playbook and start adding entries.


Add Playbook Entry

You can have up to 16 entries in each playbook that are executed in a row. Every entry can be either "download something from ASGARD to the endpoint", "execute a command line" or "Upload something from the endpoint to ASGARD". If you run a command line the stdout and stderr are reported back to ASGARD.

4.7. Evidence Collection

ASGARD provides two forms of collected evidence:

  1. Playbook output (file or memory collection, command output)
  2. Sample quarantine (sent by THOR via Bifrost protocol during the scan)

All collected evidence can be downloaded in the "Collected Evidence" section.

Collected Evidence List

Collected Evidence List

4.8. IOC Management

4.8.1. Integrating Custom IOCs

The section IOC management gives you the opportunity to easily integrate custom signatures into your scans.

You may upload your own signatures in any of THOR’s IOC formats (e.g. files for keyword IOCs, YARA Files and SIGMA files). Refer to the THOR manual for a complete list and file formats.

In order to create your own custom ruleset, navigate to IOC Management and click Upload IOC in the IOCs tab.


Uploading IOC files to the default ruleset

Browse to the file you want to add and click upload. This adds your IOC file to the default ruleset. The default ruleset is executed with every scan job, unless you remove the default ruleset within your scan templates or at every scan start. No further configuration is required.

Even existing scheduled scans that are executed on a frequent basis will start using the default ruleset once it is created. Merely modify the default ruleset; the modified rules will come into effect immediately after you hit the "Upload" button.

Note: In case that you don’t want the default IOC ruleset to be included in every scan: Remove it from your scan templates and/or from the new New Group Scan dialogue in the Custom IOCs field. See picture below.


Removing the default IOC ruleset from scans

In the event you don’t want to add specific IOCs to the default ruleset, just remove "default" in the "Upload IOC File(s)" dialogue and select the name of the ruleset you want to add the IOC files to. If the ruleset doesn’t exist it will be created. These rulesets must be selected manually for every scan job – otherwise they will not be used in the scan.


Uploading IOC files to other rulesets

Please note, ASGARD does not provide a syntax check for your IOC files. Should THOR be unable to parse your IOC files for the scan, THOR will skip the particular file with syntax issues and send an error message in the scan log. All other files with correct syntax will be used for scanning. THOR will report files that can be parsed and are used for scanning in the scan log.

4.8.2. Integrating IOCs through MISP

ASGARD provides an easy to use interface for integrating IOCs from a connected MISP into THOR scans. In order to add rules from a MISP, navigate to IOC Management, select the IOCs in the MISP events tab and add them to the desired ruleset by using the button in the upper right corner.

Contrary to the custom IOC handling, there is no default ruleset for MISP. You must create at least one ruleset (see tab "MISP Rulesets") before you can add MISP rules.

The figure below illustrates how to use filters and select all known rules for Emotet. These could then be added to your specific Emotet ruleset if you wish.


Filtering and selecting MISP events

Of course, your Emotet ruleset would have to be created in advance. In order to do that, click Add Ruleset in the MISP Rulesets tab. Select a name and the type of IOCs you want to use in this ruleset. By default, all types are selected, but there may be reasons for deselecting certain categories. For example, filename IOCs tend to cause false positives and may be deselected for that reason. The picture below shows the dialogue for adding a MISP ruleset.


Adding a new MISP ruleset

In order to use a MISP ruleset in a scan: add the ruleset in the MISP Rulesets field when creating your scan.


Adding a MISP Ruleset to a Scan

4.9. Collected Files

If Bifrost is used with your THOR scans, all collected samples show up here. You will need the "ResponseControl" permission in order to view or download the samples. See section User Roles within the User Management section for details.


Downloading samples from Bifrost collections

4.11. Licensing

ASGARD requires an Issuer-License in order to scan systems. The Issuer-License contains the number of server- and workstation systems that can be scanned with ASGARD Management Center.

ASGARD will automatically issue a valid single-license for a particular system during its initial THOR scan.

In addition, ASGARD can create single-licenses that can be used for agentless scanning. In this case the license is generated and downloaded through the Web frontend.

The screenshot below shows the licensing section of an ASGARD with the ability to issue five server licenses and 5 workstation licenses. One of the workstation licenses has already been issued.


ASGARD licensing

The following systems require a workstation license in order to be scanned:

  • Windows 7 / 8 / 10
  • Mac OS

The following systems require a server license in order to be scanned:

  • All Microsoft Windows server systems
  • All Linux systems

4.11.1. Provide an THOR Incident Response License (optional)

In case you have an THOR Incident Response license and want to use it with ASGARD, just upload it through the web based UI. This will remove all endpoint count restrictions from ASGARD. You can scan as many endpoints as you like – regardless of the type (workstation / server).

4.12. Updates

4.12.1. ASGARD Updates

ASGARD will search for ASGARD updates on a daily basis. Available updates will automatically be shown in the section "Updates".

As soon as an ASGARD update is available, a button Install Update appears. Clicking this button will start the update process. The ASGARD service will be restarted and the user will be forced to re-login.


Updating ASGARD

4.12.2. Updates of THOR and THOR Signatures

By default, ASGARD will search for signature updates and THOR updates on an hourly basis. These updates will be set to active automatically. Therefore, a triggered scan will always employ the current THOR version and current signature version.


Updates for THOR and Signatures

You may disable or modify the automatic THOR and Signature updates by deleting or modifying the entries in this section.

It is possible to intentionally scan with an old scanner version by clicking on the pencil icon and selecting the respective version from the drop-down menu.

Please be aware, that this is a global setting and will affect all scans!


Selecting a Scanner version manually

4.13. User Management

Access user management via Settings > Users. This section allows administrators to add or edit user accounts.

Add User

Add User Account

Editing a user account does not require a password although the fields are shown in the dialogue.

Access the user roles in Settings > Roles.

4.13.1. Roles

By default, ASGARD ships with the following pre-configured user roles. The pre-configured roles can be modified or deleted. The ASGARD role model is fully configurable.

ASGARD User Roles

User Roles – Factory Defaults

Note that all users except users with the right ReadOnly have the right to run scans on endpoints.

The following section describes these predefined rights and restrictions that each role can have.

4.13.2. Rights

Allows scan templates management
Run playbooks, including playbooks for evidence collection, to kill processes or isolate an endpoint
Connect to endsystems via remote console
Review the recordings of all remote console sessions

4.13.3. Restrictions

Creat and start scans with predefined arguments or scan templates that are not restricted
Cannot view inactive assets in asset management.
Cannot start scans or task (playbooks)
Can't change anything, can't run scans or response tasks. Used to generate read-only API keys

4.13.4. LDAP Configuration

In order to configure LDAP, navigate to Settings > LDAP. Then provide role mapping after clicking Add LDAP Role.

Configure LDAP

Configure LDAP

All local users get disabled except for the built-in admin user when LDAP is configured.

Note: Enabling LDAP authentication disables personal API keys, password changes and 2FA for all user accounts except admin.

4.14. Other Settings

4.14.1. Syslog Forwarding

Syslog forwarding can be configured in Settings > RSYSLOG. To add a forwarding for local log source click Add RSYSLOG Forwarding.

Syslog Forwarding

Configure Syslog forwarding

The following log sources can be forwarded individually:

Available Log Sources
Log Description
ASGARD Log Everything related to the ASGARD service, processes, task and scan jobs
ASGARD Audit Log Detailed audit log of all user activity within the system
Agent Log All ASGARD agent activities
THOR Log THOR scan results (available if scan config has Syslog to ASGARD enabled)

4.14.2. TLS Certificate Installation

Instead of using the pre-installed self-signed TLS Certificate, users can upload their own TLS Certificate for ASGARD.


Generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR)

In order to achieve the best possible compatibilty with the most common browsers, we recommend using the system’s FQDN in both fields Common Name AND Hostnames.

Please note that the generating a CSR on the command line is not supported.

This CSR can be used to generate a TLS Certificate. Subsequently, this TLS Certificate can be uploaded in the Settings > TLS section.

4.14.3. Manage Services

The individual ASGARD services can be managed in Settings > Services. The services can be stopped or restarted with the respective buttons in the Actions column.

Configuration of Services

Manage Services

4.14.4. NTP Configuration

The current NTP configuration can be found in the NTP sub-section.

NTP Configuration

Current NTP configuration

A Source Pool or Source Server can be removed by clicking the X button. To create a new Source Pool or Source Server, click Add NTP Source in the upper right corner.

4.14.5. Settings for Bifrost

Bifrost allows you to automatically upload suspicious files to your ASGARD during a THOR scan. If an Analysis Cockpit is connected, these files get automatically forwarded to the Analysis Cockpit in order to drop them into a connected Sandbox system. However, the collected files will stay on ASGARD for the amount of time specified in Retention time (0 days represent an indefinite amount of time).


Settings for Bifrost

The collected files can be downloaded in the Evidence Collection section. All files are zip archived and password protected with the password specified in the setting Download Password.

If no password is set, ASGARD will use the default password infected.

In order to automatically collect suspicious files, you have to create a scan with Bifrost enabled. Check the Send Bifrost2 to ASGARD option to send samples to the system set as bifrost2Server. Use the placeholder %asgard-host% to use the hostname of you ASGARD instance as the Bifrost server.

Bifrost Options

Scan option for Bifrost

This will collect all files with a score of 60 or higher. and make them available for download in ASGARDs Collected Files section.

For Details on how to automatically forward to a sandbox system please refer to the Analysis Cockpit manual.

4.14.8. Change Proxy Settings

In this dialogue, you can add or modify ASGARDs proxy configuration. Please note, you need to restart the ASGARD service (Tab Services) afterwards.


Change Proxy Settings

4.14.10. Advanced

The Advanced tab lets you specify additional global settings. The session timeout for web-based UI can be configured. Default is 24 hours. If Show Advanced Tasks is set, ASGARD will show system maintenance jobs (e.g. update ASGARD Agent on endpoints) within the response control section.

Inactive assets can be hidden in the Asset Management Section by setting a suitable threshold for Hide inactive Assets.

Finally, the download for THOR packages can be protected with a token. If unprotected, anybody can request a THOR package with a valid license for a particular host just by sending a https request with the hostname included (for Details see chapter 4.10 Generate Download Links). This may lead to unwanted exhaustion of the ASGARD license pool.


Advanced Settings

4.15. User Settings

4.15.1. Changing your password

To change your password, navigate to the User Settings section.


Changing your password

4.15.2. API Key

This section also allows you to set and modify an API key.

Note that currently an API key always has the access rights of the user context in which it has been generated. If you want to create a restricted API key, add a new restricted user and generate an API key in the new user’s context.

4.16. Uninstall ASGARD Agents

The following listings contain commands to uninstall ASGARD Agents on endpoints.

Note: The commands contain names used by the default installer packages. In cases in which you've generated custom installer packages with a custom service and binary name, adjust the commands accordingly.

4.16.1. Uninstall ASGARD Agents on Windows

sc stop asgard2-agent
sc delete asgard2-agent
sc stop asgard2-agent_sc
sc delete asgard2-agent_sc
del /F /Q C:\Windows\System32\asgard2-agent

Note: Line 3 and 4 are only necessary if the new service controller (on ASGARD 2.11+) has been installed.

4.16.2. Uninstall ASGARD Agents on Linux

RPMs via yum

yum remove 'asgard2-agent*'

DPKGs via apt-get

apt-get remove 'asgard2-agent*'

Manual uninstall

/usr/sbin/asgard2-agent-amd64 stop
/usr/sbin/asgard2-agent-amd64 uninstall
rm -rf /usr/sbin/asgard2-agent-amd64
rm -rf /var/tmp/nextron/asgard2-agent
rm -rf /var/lib/nextron/asgard2-agent

4.16.3. Uninstall ASGARD Agents on macOS

sudo /var/lib/asgard2-agent/asgard2-agent --uninstall
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/asgard2-agent/asgard2-agent