[Work in progress] Exclude specific drives/folders from scan


  • Community Moderator

    It would be very useful when I could exclude specific drives and also specific folders from being scanned.

    I have two external backup drives, that are connected only Saturdays (for backup purpose) but while they are connected a scan could start and this way the scan takes very long and also backed up portable applications are found (this inflates the list of installed applications).

    But I also have a large folder containing many photos that I also would like to exclude.
    I know that photos are not detected but VulnDetect scans all folders and subfolders and excluding folders could save time.


  • Community Moderator

    @Tom said in [Work in progress] Exclude specific drives/folders from scan:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\SecTeer\Agent

    I imported the reg-file and I saw that you have a list of ignored folders in the registry that looks like this:

    C:\Program Files\dotnet
    C:\Program Files\Common Files
    

    Is there a way to comment out a path (so that it is not used while scanning but still in the list)?
    So in the Toolbox and in the Configuration of VulnDetect users can have a checkbox in front of each path and check it (folder will be ignored) or un-check it (folder will not be ignored).

    In the Toolbox this will look like this:

    Toolbox_for_Vulndetect_3.1_Alpha_Excluded_Folders.png


  • Community Moderator

    @Tom Thank you for implementing the --ignore command line parameter.
    I added some backup folders and drives to the exclusion list and now my list of applications is shorter.
    It really helps a lot!


  • VulnDetect Team Member

    @OLLI_S Awesome

    This with the \ that you refer to is only a command line thing. In the UI we control it and it will behave differently.


  • Community Moderator

    @Tom said in [Work in progress] Exclude specific drives/folders from scan:

    I would appreciate to get a bit of feedback on how you wish to use this feature as it will tell us a lot about what users wish to ignore and why.

    I want to exclude:

    • two external backup-drives (a complete drive like F:\ and G:\ )
    • a backup-folder of my user profile
    • a transfer-folder where I transfer files from my PC and my VM

    Here it would be cool when I have a list of excluded folders in the configuration (web UI).
    Add an input field where the user can enter a drive/path and a button "Add".
    When the user presses "Add" you can remove unnecessary characters (like the \ at the end).
    Below the field there is a list of excluded drives.
    Behind each entry there is a small "Delete" icon.

    When a full system scan is started, then the agent downloads the list of ignored folders from my account.


  • VulnDetect Team Member

    @OLLI_S said in [Work in progress] Exclude specific drives/folders from scan:

    @Tom You never know how users enter the paths in the registry / the Toolbox.

    That is true, but we don't control how Windows cmd.exe interprets special characters such as \

    And in the long run, this will be done via the UI. Only technically savvy users should play with this in the registry or on the command line.


  • VulnDetect Team Member

    I should also mention that this will be added to the UI at some point, but that is not a high priority as we believe that the registry solution will suffice for most of the current user base.

    I would appreciate to get a bit of feedback on how you wish to use this feature as it will tell us a lot about what users wish to ignore and why.


  • Community Moderator

    @Tom You never know how users enter the paths in the registry / the Toolbox.


  • VulnDetect Team Member

    @OLLI_S I will talk with a developer about it, but I actually think this is dictated by Windows, as the \ will escape the "
    However, doing:

    secteer.exe --immediate --ignore=c:\
    

    Will work.


  • VulnDetect Team Member

    @OLLI_S No, command line arguments are NOT stored.


  • Community Moderator

    I found a little issue:
    For testing I wanted to exclude my C drive and changed my batch file:

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\SecTeer VulnDetect\secteer.exe" --immediate --ignore="C:\"
    

    But when I do a full system scan then the drive C:\ is not ignored!
    When I start the scan then I see In the command line the following line:

    ignorePaths : D:\_Bakup_Profile_C-Laufwerk, C:"
    

    The " at the end looks a bit strange.
    So I removed the \ at the end of the line:

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\SecTeer VulnDetect\secteer.exe" --immediate --ignore="C:"
    

    But when I do a full system scan then the drive C:\ is NOW ignored!

    So you should accept in the command line both variants (with the \ at the end and without it).


  • Community Moderator

    @Tom Cool feature!
    I set the topic as "[Work in progress]".

    @Tom said in Exclude specific drives/folders from scan:

    You should also pay attention to the fact that it is merged with the registry entries.

    Does this mean that the paths I enter at --ignore are stored in the registry?


  • VulnDetect Team Member

    Those running secteer.exe directly like this:

    secteer.exe --immediate
    

    May appreciate to know that this new feature also applies to the command line:

    secteer.exe --immediate --ignore="c:\windows" --ignore="c:\Program Files" --ignore="c:\Program Files (x86)" --path="c:\scanthis" --path="c:\andthis"
    

    Notice that --path and --ignore can be supplied multiple times.

    You should also pay attention to the fact that it is merged with the registry entries.


  • VulnDetect Team Member

    The agent that we expect to release officially tomorrow (version 1.0.0.0) includes a hidden "feature".

    You may download the new version from here:
    https://test.vulndetect.com/dl/secteerSetup.exe

    You can now ignore folders / drives by editing the registry.

    First you need to import the below entries by storing it as a ".reg" file and import it (double click it).

    .reg file:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\SecTeer\Agent]
    "inspectionPaths"=hex(7):43,00,3a,00,5c,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,20,00,46,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,73,00,00,00,43,00,3a,00,5c,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,20,00,46,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,73,00,20,00,28,00,78,00,38,00,36,00,29,00,00,00,00,00
    "ignorePaths"=hex(7):43,00,3a,00,5c,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,20,00,46,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,73,00,5c,00,64,00,6f,00,74,00,6e,00,65,00,74,00,00,00,43,00,3a,00,5c,00,50,00,72,00,6f,00,67,00,72,00,61,00,6d,00,20,00,46,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,73,00,5c,00,43,00,6f,00,6d,00,6d,00,6f,00,6e,00,20,00,46,00,69,00,6c,00,65,00,73,00,00,00,00,00
    

    After importing this you can open regedt32 or regedit and go to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\SecTeer\Agent

    Now you can edit it in clear text.


  • Community Moderator

    @Ascendor I merged your topic with the existing topic, because it is the same suggestion.
    Thank you for suggesting this!



  • Hey,

    I hold some backups on my system. These files are outdated and will stay outdated. Since I cannot explicitly select which folders to scan, those files will pollute my results list.
    Please add a function to restrict folders to be scanned.

    Thanks!


  • Community Moderator

    You also should add a parameter in your secteer.exe that excludes files and folders.
    For example the parameter --exclude.


  • Community Moderator

    @tom said in Exclude specific drives/folders from scan:

    So in short, the agent already supports this, but the feature has not been enabled yet.

    Cool!


  • VulnDetect Team Member

    @olli_s This feature is planned and will be implemented once we go from Tech Preview to Beta. We are also aware that in particular German companies have to exclude the scanning of certain user folders due to privacy concerns. So in short, the agent already supports this, but the feature has not been enabled yet.