Wazuh agent

The Wazuh agent is multi-platform and runs on the hosts that the user wants to monitor. It provides the following capabilities:

  • Log and data collection

  • File integrity monitoring

  • Rootkit and malware detection

  • Security policy monitoring.

  • Configuration assessments

  • Software inventory

The Wazuh agent communicates with Wazuh’s manager, sending data in near real time through an encrypted and authenticated channel.

The Wazuh agent was developed considering the need to monitor a wide variety of different endpoints without impacting their performance. Therefore, the Wazuh agent is supported on the most popular operating systems and only requires about 0.1 GB of RAM.

There are several options to install a Wazuh agent, depending on the operating system and whether you would like to build from source or not. Check the following table and choose how to proceed for a given agent:

Operating system

Description

AIX installer

Install Wazuh agents on AIX.

HP-UX installer

Install Wazuh agents on HP-UX.

Linux installer

Install Wazuh agents on Linux.

macOS installer

Install Wazuh agents on macOS.

Solaris installer

Install Wazuh agents on Solaris.

Windows installer

Install Wazuh agents on Windows.

Each operating system installer document describes how to deploy the agent using the deployment variables, which facilitates the task of deploying, logging and configuring the agent in a single command. Check the complete guide in the deployment variables page.

If you are deploying Wazuh in a large environment, with a high number of servers or endpoints, keep in mind that this deployment may be easier using automation tools such as Puppet, Chef, SCCM or Ansible.

Note

Compatibility between the Wazuh agent and the Wazuh manager is guaranteed when the Wazuh manager has a newer or equal version than the Wazuh agent.