MG-SOFT SNMP Master Agent is a secure and transparent replacement for the SNMP service running on Microsoft Windows operating systems.The major advantage of MG-SOFT SNMP Master Agent over Microsoft SNMP service is that along the SNMPv1 and SNMPv2c protocols implemented in Microsoft SNMP service, it also implements the secure SNMPv3 protocol, offering strong authentication and SNMP packets content encryption, compliant with the current SNMP protocol standards published by IETF. Along with the SNMPv3 User-based Security Model (USM) with all standard authentication protocols (MD5, SHA1) and encryption protocols (DES, AES-128), MG-SOFT SNMP Master Agent also supports stronger SHA2 authentication protocols (up to SHA2-512) and stronger privacy protocols (AES-192, AES-256 and 3DES) for USM. In addition, it implements also the SNMPv3 Transport Security Model (TSM) with support for SNMPv3 over TLS and DTLS protocols (using X.509 digital certificates), which provide strong security on the transport layer.
MG-SOFT SNMP Master Agent implements SNMP extension API interface compatible with Microsoft SNMP extension API, which means that all SNMP sub-agents designed and implemented to run under Microsoft SNMP service will continue to run also under MG-SOFT SNMP Master Agent, the same sub-agent binaries, without a need to modify or recompile them.
The addition of the secure SNMPv3 protocol to all MS Windows operating systems (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.x, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016) will significantly enhance their overall security, especially system’s remote SNMP management and monitoring security.
Secure replacement for the SNMP service on Windows
Replacing Microsoft’s SNMP service with MG-SOFT SNMP Master agent introduces the following major advantages:
|The main advantage of MG-SOFT’s SNMP Master Agent over Microsoft’s SNMP service is significantly improved overall security of the server or workstation running the SNMP Master Agent.Microsoft’s SNMP service supports only insecure SNMPv1 and SNMPv2c protocols, while MG-SOFT’s SNMP Master Agent, in addition to SNMPv1 and SNMPv2c protocols, also supports the secure SNMPv3 protocol.|
|Another important advantage is the ease of the software deployment.The software installer replaces the existing SNMP service with MG-SOFT’s SNMP Master Agent, while all SNMP subagents (SNMP Agent Extensions) remain in place and continue to operate under MG-SOFT’s SNMP Master Agent just as they were operating under Microsoft’s SNMP service. The added value is support for the secure SNMPv3 protocol on the network side.|