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Mondoo 8.19 is out!

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๐Ÿฅณ Mondoo 8.19 is out! This release includes continuous OCI scanning, organization-wide service accounts, massive Windows performance improvements, and more!โ€‹

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Continuous OCI scanningโ€‹

Continuously scan your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) services, all without an agent installation. Set up continuous scanning using your existing local OCI configuration file, and we'll do the rest with full infrastructure scans every 4 hours.

OCI Integration List

Organization-wide service accountsโ€‹

Need a service account for all your spaces? Now you can create one with organization-wide service accounts, available on the organization settings page. Create new accounts or manage existing accounts with an improved UI to help with cross-team collaboration.

Org Wide Service Account Creation

Scan AWS using assumed rolesโ€‹

Now you can scan your AWS infrastructure by assuming an AWS role:

cnspec scan aws --option role-arn=ROLEARN
cnspec scan aws --option role-arn=ROLEARN --option external-id=EXTERNALID

CIS GitHub Benchmark policyโ€‹

Secure your GitHub organizations and repos with Mondoo and the new CIS GitHub Benchmark 1.0 policy.

GitHub Benchmark


4.5x Windows speedup with registry improvementsโ€‹

What's better than improvements to the Windows registrykey resource? How about improvements that also make CIS benchmark scans on Windows nearly 4.5 times faster, all while using 25% less memory? It seems like a tall order, but we've entirely reworked registrykey under the hood to give you some huge new benefits Mondoo-wide.

First off, there's a whole new way to interact with registry data. The registrykey resource includes a new items property that greatly improves how data is returned (versus the now deprecated properties property). This new format allows us to return more than just string values, including new binary and multi-line registry value support.

The existing data that returned just key/value data:

cnspec> registrykey(path: 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanManServer\Parameters').properties {
EnableAuthenticateUserSharing: "0"
Guid: ""
NullSessionPipes: ""
ServiceDll: "%SystemRoot%\\system32\\srvsvc.dll"
ServiceDllUnloadOnStop: "1"
autodisconnect: "15"
enableforcedlogoff: "1"
enablesecuritysignature: "0"
requiresecuritysignature: "0"
restrictnullsessaccess: "1"

With registrykey.items you'll get back a wealth of data on each registry key that looks more familiar to regedit users:

cnspec> registrykey(path: 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanManServer\Parameters').items { * }
registrykey.items: [
0: {
value: "0"
type: "dword"
name: "EnableAuthenticateUserSharing"
path: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\LanManServer\\Parameters"
data: 0
exists: true
1: {
value: ""
type: "multistring"
name: "NullSessionPipes"
path: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\LanManServer\\Parameters"
data: [
0: ""
exists: true
2: {
value: "%SystemRoot%\\system32\\srvsvc.dll"
type: "expandstring"
name: "ServiceDll"
path: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\LanManServer\\Parameters"
data: "%SystemRoot%\\system32\\srvsvc.dll"
exists: true
3: {
value: "1"
type: "dword"
name: "ServiceDllUnloadOnStop"
path: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\LanManServer\\Parameters"
data: 1
exists: true

What about those under-the-hood improvements? registrykey is entirely rewritten to natively query the Windows registry directly instead of going through PowerShell. This increases performance, reduces memory usage, and works better with antivirus systems that could block Mondoo's use of PowerShell.

Execution of the CIS Windows 2022 Level 1 Member Benchmarks policy running on an AWS t2.large instance:

Mondoo ReleaseExecution TimeMemory Usage
8.181 minute 56 seconds140.19 MB
8.1921 seconds104 MB

Updated CIS AKS Benchmark policyโ€‹

Both the CIS AKS Benchmark policies are updated from 1.2.0 to 1.3.0. These new versions improve audit/remediation steps and remove checks for the deprecated --protect-kernel-defaults kubelet flag.


  • Add missing impact scores to CIS GKE policy.
  • Support policy variants in query packs.
  • Improve check titles in Mondoo inventory packs.
  • Improve search results in the security registry.
  • Resolve errors loading CI scan results.
  • Fix errors executing local policies containing variants.
  • Display the create time for export integrations.
  • Fix incorrect EOL date for Windows 2016.
  • Fix failures when setting plans in Risk Actions.
  • Resolve occasional failures logging in using Safari.
  • Fix a failure in certain uses of files.find in policies.