Impact requirements

Review the requirements before you install and use Impact.

Core platform dependencies

Make sure that your environment meets the following requirements:

  • Tanium license that includes Impact

    Impact is no longer included as part of the Tanium Core Platform and now requires a license. All existing Impact customers can continue to use Impact for free.

  • Tanium™ Core Platform servers: 7.4.3.1204 or later

  • Tanium™ Client: Any supported version of Tanium Client. For the Tanium Client versions supported for each OS, see Tanium Client Management User Guide: Client version and host system requirements.

    If you use a client version that is not listed, certain product features might not be available, or stability issues can occur that can only be resolved by upgrading to one of the listed client versions.

Solution dependencies

Other Tanium solutions are required for Impact to function (required dependencies) or for specific Impact features to work (feature-specific dependencies). The installation method that you select determines if the Tanium Server automatically imports dependencies or if you must manually import them.

Some Impact dependencies have their own dependencies, which you can see by clicking the links in the lists of Required dependencies and Feature-specific dependencies. Note that the links open the user guides for the latest version of each solution, not necessarily the minimum version that Impact requires.

Tanium recommended installation

If you select Tanium Recommended Installation when you import Impact, the Tanium Server automatically imports all your licensed solutions at the same time. See Tanium Console User Guide: Import all modules and services.

Import specific solutions

If you select only Impact to import and are using Tanium Core Platform 7.5.2.3531 with Tanium Console 3.0.72 or later, the Tanium Server automatically imports the latest available versions of any required dependencies that are missing. If some required dependencies are already imported but their versions are earlier than the minimum required for Impact, the server automatically updates those dependencies to the latest available versions.

If you select only Impact to import and you are using Tanium Core Platform 7.5.2.3503 or earlier with Tanium Console 3.0.64 or earlier, you must manually import or update required dependencies. See Tanium Console User Guide: Import, re-import, or update specific solutions.

Required dependencies

Impact has the following required dependencies at the specified minimum versions. You must install the dependencies in the listed order.

  1. Tanium™ Interact 2.2.3 or later
  2. Tanium™ System User Service 1.0.77 or later
  3. Tanium™ RDB Service 1.2.31 or later
  4. Tanium™ Directory Query 1.0 or later
  5. Tanium™ Criticality 1.1 or later
  6. Tanium™ Endpoint Configuration 1.2 or later (installed as part of Tanium™ Client Management 1.5 or later)

Feature-specific dependencies

Impact has the following feature-specific dependencies at the specified minimum versions:

  • Tanium Connect 5.8.54 or later is required to send Impact data to destinations.
  • Tanium Threat Response 2.5.1 or later is required to display Impact ratings for alerts in Threat Response.
  • Tanium Trends 3.6.323 or later is required to view the Impact Trends board.

Client extensions

Tanium Endpoint Configuration installs client extensions for Impact on endpoints. Client Extensions perform tasks that are common to certain Tanium solutions. The Tanium Client uses code signatures to verify the integrity of each client extension prior to loading the extension on the endpoint. Each client extension has recommended security exclusions to allow the Tanium processes to run without interference. See Security exclusions for more information. The following client extensions perform Impact functions:

  • Config CX - Provides installation and configuration of extensions on endpoints. Tanium Client Management installs this client extension.
  • Core CX - Provides a management framework API for all other client extensions and exposes operating system metrics. Tanium Client Management installs this client extension.
  • DEC CX - Provides a direct connection between endpoint and Module ServerTanium Cloud. Tanium Direct Connect installs this client extension. This is a feature-specific dependency for Impact satellite synchronization.

Tanium™ Module Server

Impact is installed and runs as a service on the Module Server host computer. The impact on the Module Server is minimal and depends on usage.

For information about Module Server sizing in a Windows deployment, see Tanium Core Platform Deployment Guide for Windows: Host system sizing guidelines.

Endpoints

Supported operating systems

The following endpoint operating systems are supported with Impact.

Operating system OS version Notes
Microsoft Windows Server Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (SP1) and later Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 requires Microsoft KB2758857.
Microsoft Windows Workstation Microsoft Windows 7 (SP1) and later Windows 7 Service Pack 1 requires Microsoft KB2758857.

Host and network security requirements

Specific ports and processes are needed to run Impact.

Ports

The following ports are required for Impact communication.

Source Destination Port Protocol Purpose
Module Server Tanium Cloud or satellite Active Directory Server 389 / 636 LDAP / LDAPS Connecting to the Active Directory server.
Module Server Tanium Cloud or satellite Active Directory Global Catalog Server 3268 / 3269 LDAP / LDAPS Required only when connecting to the Active Directory Global Catalog server.

For more information, see Configure connections to domainsConfigure connections to domains.

Configure firewall policies to open ports for Tanium traffic with TCP-based rules instead of application identity-based rules. For example, on a Palo Alto Networks firewall, configure the rules with service objects or service groups instead of application objects or application groups.

For Tanium Cloud ports, see Tanium Cloud Deployment Guide: Host and network security requirements.

Security exclusions

If security software is in use in the environment to monitor and block unknown host system processes, Tanium recommends that a security administrator create exclusions to allow the Tanium processes to run without interference. The configuration of these exclusions varies depending on AV software. For a list of all security exclusions to define across Tanium, see Tanium Core Platform Deployment Reference Guide: Host system security exclusions.

Impact security exclusions
Target Device Notes Exclusion Type Exclusion
Module Server   Process <Module Server>\services\impact-service\TaniumImpactService.exe
  Process <Module Server>\services\endpoint-configuration-service\TaniumEndpointConfigService.exe
  Windows endpoints   Process <Tanium Client>\Python38\TPython.exe
  Folder <Tanium Client>\Python38
  Process <Tanium Client>\TaniumCX.exe
  Process <Tanium Client>\TaniumClientExtensions.dll
  Process <Tanium Client>\TaniumClientExtensions.dll.sig
When Direct Connect is installed; satellite sync only Process <Tanium Client>\extensions\TaniumDEC.dll
When Direct Connect is installed; satellite sync only Process <Tanium Client>\extensions\TaniumDEC.dll.sig
Impact security exclusions
Target Device Notes Exclusion Type Exclusion
Windows endpoints   Process <Tanium Client>\Python38\TPython.exe
  Folder <Tanium Client>\Python38
  Process <Tanium Client>\TaniumCX.exe
  Process <Tanium Client>\TaniumClientExtensions.dll
  Process <Tanium Client>\TaniumClientExtensions.dll.sig
When Direct Connect is installed; satellite sync only Process <Tanium Client>\extensions\TaniumDEC.dll
When Direct Connect is installed; satellite sync only Process <Tanium Client>\extensions\TaniumDEC.dll.sig

User role requirements

The following tables list the role permissions required to use Impact. To review a summary of the predefined roles, see Set up Impact users.

For more information about role permissions and associated content sets, see Tanium Console User Guide: Managing RBAC.

On installation, Impact creates a Impact user to automatically manage the Impact service account. Do not edit or delete the Impact user.

Impact user role permissions
Permission Impact Administrator1,2,3 Impact Operator1,2,3 Impact User2,3 Impact Endpoint Configuration Approver

Impact

View the Impact workbench


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SHOW

Impact Asset Details

View the details for an asset


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Impact Asset Impact

View the impact rating for assets


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Impact Asset Items

View the items for an asset


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Impact Endpoint Configuration

Approve Impact items in Endpoint Configuration





APPROVE

Impact Settings

View and edit Impact settings


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Impact Shortest Path

View the shortest path graphs


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Impact Support Bundle

View the Impact support bundle


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Impact Sync

Start the Impact synchronization


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Impact Sync Status

View the Impact synchronization status


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1 This role provides satellite permissions (through Tanium Direct Connect). For more information, see Tanium Direct Connect User Guide: User role requirements.

2 This role provides module permissions for Tanium Trends. You can view which Trends permissions are granted to this role in the Tanium Console. For more information, see Tanium Trends User Guide: User role requirements.

3 This role provides module permissions for Tanium Directory Query. You can view which Directory Query permissions are granted to this role in the Tanium Console. For more information, see Tanium Directory Query User Guide: User role requirements.


Provided Impact platform content permissions
Permission Impact Administrator1,2 Impact Operator1,2 Impact User2 Impact Endpoint Configuration Approver2,3
Plugin
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Saved Question
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Sensor
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To view which content set permissions are granted to a role, see Tanium Console User Guide: View effective role permissions.

1 This role provides content set permissions for Tanium Interact. You can view which Interact content sets are granted to this role in the Tanium Console. For more information, see Tanium Interact User Guide: User role requirements.

2 This role provides content set permissions for Tanium Trends. You can view which Trends content sets are granted to this role in the Tanium Console. For more information, see Tanium Trends User Guide: User role requirements.

3 This role provides content set permissions for Tanium Direct Connect. You can view which Direct Connect content sets are granted to this role in the Tanium Console. For more information, see Tanium Direct Connect User Guide: User role requirements.