Micro Focus Security ArcSight SmartConnectors 8.1.0 has been released

  • KM03767444
  • 10-Dec-2020
  • 11-Dec-2020


Micro Focus Security ArcSight SmartConnectors 8.1.0


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Micro Focus is announcing the release of

Product: Security ArcSight SmartConnectors
Version: 8.1.0
Languages: English

This release of SmartConnectors contains the following new features:

  • Significant Performance and Stability Improvements – Performance-focused code refactoring has achieved SmartConnector throughput improvements of up to 1,000% versus SmartConnectors v8.0.0 on an ArcSight Gen10 Connector Host Appliance, potentially allowing for a reduction in the number of SmartConnectors required to process workloads. As a result of these improvements, this release is also more stable and reliable. Throughput improvements apply to FlexConnectors and RepSM Plus as well.
  • Load Balancer stability has been improved to detect when a SmartConnector is not responding and gracefully reconnect to the connector.
  • New and improved SmartConnectors supporting vendor cloud-native services and popular event sources 
  • Amazon Web Services
    • Additional event sources supported in AWS Security Hub cloud-native SmartConnector, with support for: Proxy, IP and Cloud firewall logs. All log categories are now fully supported.
    • CEF, XML and XQuery log types are now supported by the AWS S3 cloud-native SmartConnector
    • Documentation is now available on how to add support for new parsers of events residing in AWS S3
    • Ability to delete non-CloudTrail messages
  • Microsoft
    • Azure Security Center is now supported by the Azure Event Hub cloud-native SmartConnector
    • Support for SASL Plain Authentication in the Kafka FlexConnector enabling the connector to more securely ingest and consume events from/to Azure Event Hub
    • A new FlexConnector supporting Microsoft 365 Defender (M365D) - formerly Microsoft Threat Protector (MTP) is now available. M365D inherently supports Microsoft Graph API and Advanced Thread Protection events.
  • AWS and Azure SmartConnector parsers are now un-obfuscated and available on the installation media, bypassing the need to work with Customer Support to get access to these parser definitions. o Windows Native Connector (WiNC) on Gen10 C6700 Connector Host Appliance (CHA) 
  • Windows Native SmartConnector (WiNC) can now run in a Windows 2019 Server VM, hosted on Gen10 ArcMC Connector Hosting Appliance (CHA). WiNC runs native Microsoft Windows code to ingest Windows event sources.
  • Okta identity and access management – A new SmartConnector now supports Okta’s industry leading identity and access management solution
  • Avro-formatted event streams
    • ArcSight now supports Avro-formatted event streams throughout its infrastructure. SmartConnectors have been enhanced to emit Avro-formatted events which can be consumed by Transformation Hub, ESM, Interset, Recon and 3rd party consumers. Avro is an industry standard data format, providing flexibility when defining fields based on a Schema Registry. Avro formatted events position ArcSight to be able to add new fields to future releases while maintaining backward compatibility with prior releases.
  • Content and Parser Improvements o Changes to the session interfaces for RepSM Plus to ensure compatibility with backend Zvelo system content feeds.
      • Improved detection of the Finance industry against specialized threat actors
    • Parsers
      • New Version Updates for McAfee ePO, Cisco Secure ACS, Zeek, Arbor Networks Peakflow, MS Active Directory, Linux Audit File, ClamAV, Snoopy Logger
      • Improved parsing of Juniper, MS Sysmon, Cisco NX, Blue Coat, Fortinet Fortigate, Oracle Audit Syslog, Symantec End Point Protection 
    • Categorization
      • Improved categorizations for O365, Syslog messages, Cisco, Juniper, CheckPoint, IBM related logs 
  • Support for the latest releases of Micro Focus Security, Risk and Governance products. Refer to the Support Matrix of each product for applicability. 
    • Platform component version updates have been certified on RHEL 8.2, CentOS 8.2 and current releases of Azul Zulu Java runtime and Apache Tomcat. Component libraries include current vulnerability compliance, and ciphers are up-to-date. 
    • Miscellaneous bug fixes. Refer to the Release Notes for the specific defects addressed. 

    Installation and updates

    Please check the product’s software for installation instructions, release notes and user manuals. This documentation can also be downloaded from Software Support Online (select Dashboards>>Manuals). 

    For further SmartConnector updates, please visit the Software License and Downloads Portal. To receive product specific update alerts, select the ‘Email Signup’ link under “Customer Resources” at the bottom of the Software License and Downloads Portal homepage. Note that for some of these portals you are required to login with your Passport account that is linked to your Support Agreement ID(s). If you do not yet have a Passport account, click on ‘Register for Software Passport’ on Software Support Online


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Learn more at 

This release is part of our larger ArcSight 2020.3 release. You can read more about the details of this release, and how it will enable your SOC, in our “ArcSight’s Latest and Greatest” flyer available here: https://www.microfocus.com/media/article/arcsights-latest-and-greatest-article.pdf 
A video summary of the release is also available on our SecOps Unplugged channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWfeits4KBY-pyqvwM8szWw

For more information, please check the Release Notes for this version (available from MySupport).   

If you have an active support subscription for these products, please plan for downloading this version from the Software Licenses and Downloads Portal. To access these products in the Software Licenses and Downloads Portal, you will need to sign in with your Micro Focus credentials.

Our goal is to provide you with clear visibility into the support time-line of software products, enabling you to use this information to plan, test, and deploy new product versions. For more information, check our MySupport Software Product Lifecycle pages. Please take note of the end of support dates for the latest available version of this product:

Support time-line
Date Details
Dec 31, 2023 Committed Support Ends

Please note that all Security ArcSight SmartConnectors customers with active support subscriptions are eligible to update to Security ArcSight SmartConnectors version 8.1.0.