Kenna Release Notes

June 2021

Feature Description

KDI Mac Address Validation Changes 

We have removed format validations and added a 30-character maximum length validation to the Mac Address field in the KDI. 

The benefits of these changes are:

  • The KDI will exhibit similar behavior to other connectors.

  • The 30 character maximum length validation on the mac address field will prevent users from inputting long strings of bad data into Kenna.

Search by 'role name' in User Settings UI

Customers can search by role name in the user settings UI. Previously the search was limited to searching by User name or e-mail ID.

Key Points
  •  Customers will now be able to search by Role Name in addition to the already available search by Name of user or E-mail in the User Settings UI.
  •  The Search bar has been widened to include the "entire role name".
  • The functionality for role name search mirrors that of the currently available "Name or E-mail" search and also allows for prefix based Search (for eg. If searching for a role name with a word  "webgoat" if the user types in "goat" the roles matching the keyword "goat" will be returned").image2021-6-16_19-10-17.png
Handling of older assets not recently seen during Kenna Connector Runs Assets which are outside of the set retention and purge periods will not be imported during connector runs. You can read more about this in our updated Asset Purge Period Setting article.

VI+ Updates 

1. Now customers can search for CVEs by Qualys KB Id (QID) to find all associated CVEs.

  • Functionality is for VI+ clients only
  • The endpoint accepts a comma separated list of QIDs, via the qids query parameter
  • If more than 10 QIDs are submitted, results are returned for the first 10 QIDs
  • If given an unknown QID, result will be empty
  • Results will be grouped by QID - example of the response will be in the API docs


2. We added a link to the specific source of a given exploit to the "Show Vulnerability Definition" response.

Prisma Cloud Connector Updates

1. ALAS Findings

Prisma Cloud Connector ALAS (Amazon Linux Advisory Services) findings were previously being presented in Kenna as informationals and the associated CVEs were not being scored.  There can be a 1:1 relationship with CVE or a 1:Many relationship with a CVE, similar to QIDs.  We now present the proper scoring for the CVEs associated with the ALAS finding. Please note that the Prisma Cloud scanner does not identify which specific CVE is or is not present on the asset, therefore we show all the associated CVEs. 

2. Prisma Informationals

We added support for Prisma ID Security warnings to the Prisma Cloud Connector so that Kenna brings these in as informationals. Many vulnerabilities are publicly discussed or patched without a CVE ever being assigned to them. While monitoring open source vulnerabilities, the PAN team identifies vulnerabilities you need to be aware of, and assigns PRISMA IDs to them whenever applicable.

For example, let’s review PRISMA-2021-0020. A user found a bug in the Python package click and opened an issue through its open source repository in GitHub. PAN research team found this issue and determined it explains a valid security vulnerability. Although no CVE was assigned to this vulnerability, our team promptly assigned it a PRISMA identifier, and analyzed the correct range of affected releases. Affected customers were alerted of this vulnerability despite the lack of any public vulnerability identifier.
If a CVE is ever assigned to a same PRISMA vulnerability, the CVE takes over and the PRISMA entry is fully replaced by it.



May 2021

Feature Description

Kenna VI+ API Changes:

  • Change to the Show Vulnerability Definitions Endpoint
  • New Show Malware Hashes Endpoint 
Popular Malware exploitable CVEs were collecting large numbers of malware hashes which could create very large responses when querying the "Show Vulnerability Definitions" API endpoint and sometimes caused 504s. For all CVEs, we removed malware hashes and replaced them with a malware count field in the response to that endpoint. A new "Show Malware Hashes" endpoint was created where you can query those CVEs to get the hashes. 

Home Page Changes

  • Client-Scoped Homepage
  • New Bulk Update Permissions Endpoint


All widgets on the Home Page now reflect full customer data regardless of role. This change will not affect System Roles of Admin, Normal, and Read Only.

Data made unavailable to a Custom Role will be greyed-out and the user will not have access to click. For example, on the "Today's Risk Meter Scatter Plot" Custom Roles can click on "Not Accessible" to see unaccessible risk meters represented as grey dots.

Admins have the ability to enable/disable home page access for any custom access role. A new endpoint was created to Bulk Update Permissions for custom user roles.

Further details are available on the Kenna Home Page article.

New Asset Purge Period Setting

A new feature is available which will automatically purge inactive assets according to a timeframe selected by the customer administrator.

Currently the feature is available to all customers in test and production instances.  Customers are required to choose a retention period by July 1st, 2021. If a retention period has not been chosen by July 1st, Kenna Security will default to the following settings:

  • Production Accounts - 180 day retention period
  • Test Accounts - 30 day retention period

Further details are available on the Asset Purge Period article.

Improved Connector Error Messaging 2.0


Following last month's release, error messages continue to be improved as an ongoing effort to build a database of potential errors and corresponding comprehensive error messages to display to the customer. 

Two specific areas have been improved: 

  1. Precise & Consistent Descriptions - Error messages are no longer generic and will identify the application that is posting the error and alert the user to the specific problem, rather than a vague generality. Error messages will use consistent verbiage across various connector sources, reducing confusion around the meaning of any given error message. 
  2. Clear Next Steps - The error message will provide clear solution steps and/or exit points. If the next steps involve calling technical support, the word “Kenna” has been removed in order to not confuse customers which may need to call an MSSP.
Client Setting to Increase the Asset Export Limit in the UI

There is a new client setting called “Async Asset Export” that can be enabled in client environments. When enabled, this setting will increase the UI asset export limit to 500k (from 100k) by changing the export to process in the background and send the user an email to download the file as a GZIP (this is similar to the process for Vulnerability and Fix exports from the UI).

This setting is turned off by default. When it is not enabled the UI, asset exports in the client's environment will continue to have the 100k limit and download directly in the browser as a CSV.

Added Image ID and Container ID to KDI

For a customer who wishes to use the KDI for a container scanner that doesn't have a connector yet, we added container and image locators in order to map the ingested data for image or container assets.  

April 2021

Feature Description

Risk Meters:

Dashboard Views and Faster Risk Meter Creation

Improved Risk Meter Drop down for Dashboard Views

Users now see enriched information in the Risk Meter drop down when creating and modifying Dashboard Views.

  • Risk Meter score
  • Risk Meter color coding
  • HRM hierarchy (first-level child and sibling Risk Meters)

It is also possible to add the child Risk Meters to Dashboard Views without adding parent Risk Meters.


Optimized Risk Meter Creation

Risk Meter creation speeds markedly improved in both the UI and API.


Improved Error Messaging

Improved Connector Run Error Messages

Users now see more comprehensive error messages designed to reduce frustration, improve resolution time, and enable self-resolution of issues in as many instances as possible without the need to contact support.

From the Connectors page or Home page, you see detailed messages that identify the application that is posting the error and alert the user to the specific problem. The message also provides clear solution steps and/or exit points.

Note: The error message indicates if/when users should reach out to support after following the suggested troubleshooting steps.

Bug Fixes:

Unassigned Roles Deletion and Search Queries Streamlined

Deleting Unassigned Role

Unassigned roles that returned an error message when attempting to delete can now be deleted.

Search Queries

Some search query results were impacted by the order of the query, which returned inconsistent results. Users will now find search queries return the same results regardless of the order of the query.

March 2021

Feature Description

Risk Meters:

User Role Creation

Improved Risk Meter Drop down for User Role Creation

Improved the Risk Meter drop down menu for creating or editing User Roles. Now you can use type-ahead in the Search bar.


You can click the arrow to expand child hierarchy.




Export Vulnerabilities with Full Solutions from the UI

You can now see a column for 'Short Solution' and a column for 'Solution', which has the full scanner solution.




Vulnerability Exports Limit Increase to 500K with Details from the U

For the existing vulnerability export with details, an increase in the limit from 100k to 500k vulnerabilities with details was implemented.


Important: These export features must be turned on by request by your customer success team. If you do not engage regularly with a CSM or a CSE, please contact support if you want these turned on.


Prisma Cloud Compute Edition (PCCE)

Search By Image

Ability to search by asset identifier for images ingested from the Prisma Cloud Connector and the containers that are running them.



Changes to Alternate Fix Button Location and Vuln CSV Export Column

Alternate Fix Button Location

Users do not need to scroll down the page to see the Alternate Fixes Available button in Explore.


Vuln CSV Export Column

The previously named 'Solution' column has been renamed to 'Short Solution' to better describe the content. The column named 'Solution' now reflects the full scanner solution.

Note: If you are using a script that references these column, please take note and make sure you are pulling the data you intend.

February 2021

Feature Description

VM Explore:

Search Result

Search result speed improvement in Risk Meter when using the All Groups drop-down in the top left of the VM Explore page.




Remote code execution (RCE) added to the Kenna.VM and Kenna.VI+ client-facing API.

In addition, Kenna.VI+ API has popular targets added to it.



Prisma Cloud Compute Edition (PCCE)

Scheduled Scans

Scheduled Scan functionality has been added to PCCE connector.

Registry/Repo Information

Ability to present Registry and Repo Tag information for each of the scanned images. It prepends the word registry or repo to the tag for easier identification as seen in the image below:



Pop-ups Fix

Previously, when you reached the bottom and continue scrolling, the content of the pop up did NOT scroll and got cut off. Now, after reaching the bottom of the dropdown you can continue scrolling.



January 2021

Feature Description

Hierarchical Risk Meters:


  • Users that have created child risk meters can export that data from the UI.
  • Use the same button in the front-end to export parent or child risk meters.

Note: Exporting children from the API is not a part of this release, but will be a part of the work to support HRM in the API.


Audit Logs:


The Audit Logs feature in GCP has the same functionality as Audit Logs in AWS and allows clients to pull down data regarding user-initiated events that happen in the client’s instance of the Kenna application and the Kenna API.

It also allows clients visibility into user behavior in their Kenna instance so they can be responsive to any breaches and/or nefarious behavior.

For more information on Audit Logs or how to configure this feature, please refer to the below information:


Search Capability

Ability to search by container ID for clients using Prisma Cloud Compute Connector.




For past release notes, please refer to this archived page. 

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