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The Kolide Osquery Launcher

The Kolide Osquery Launcher is a lightweight launcher/manager which offers a few extra capabilities on top of osquery:

  • secure automatic updates of osquery
  • many additional tables
  • tooling to generate deployment packages for a variety of platforms

osquery is lightweight


The documentation for this project is included on GitHub in the docs subdirectory of the repository.

Major Features

Secure Osquery Autoupdater

Osquery is mostly statically linked and this allows for the easy bundling and distribution of capabilities. Unfortunately, however, it also implies that you have to maintain excellent osquery update hygiene in order to take advantage of emerging osquery capabilities.

The Launcher includes the ability to securely manage and autoupdate osquery instances. This is implemented using The Update Framework (TUF). TUF defines a specification for secure software update systems. The spec describes a client/server model where the client is the software to be updated and the server is the update server. For our implementation, we use Docker Notary as our TUF server and a Go client library that we built in-house.

Because we understand the security implications of an osquery autoupdater, NCC Group was contracted to perform a security audit of our in-house TUF client library. This report is available for public review. NCC Group has also previously performed assessments on Docker Notary and Osquery as well.

Additional Tables

Osquery exposes a lot of information, but there is always more. Launcher includes all of the Kolide tables exposing a wealth of additional information.

Reduced Configuration Surface

The osqueryd binary was designed to be very configurable, which allows it to be used in very different environments. The Launcher wraps osqueryd configuration and exposes very high-level options that allow you to easily connect osquery to a server that is compliant with the gRPC specification

To learn about The Launcher's command-line interface, see the Launcher documentation.

Easy Packaging and Deployment Tooling

Deploying osquery and configuring it to communicate with a management server can be complicated, especially if you have to make customized deployment packages. The Launcher includes a tool called package-builder which you can use to create Launcher packages for your organization.

To learn more about using package-builder to package and deploy osquery, check out the documentation.

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