Investigate: Hosts View - Files Tab

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Note: The information in this topic applies to RSA NetWitness® Platform Version 11.1 and later.

The Files tab displays all files scanned on the host. To access this tab, select a host from the Hosts view and click the Files tab. By default, it displays 100 files. To display more files, click Load More at the bottom of the page.


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Threat Hunter

browse event metadata

Begin an Investigation in the Navigate or Events View

Threat Hunter

browse raw events

Begin an Investigation in the Navigate or Events View

Threat Hunter

analyze raw events and metadata

Begin an Investigation in the Event Analysis View

Threat Hunterinvestigate endpoints (Version 11.1)*Investigate Hosts

Threat Hunter

find suspicious endpoint files (Version 11.1)

Investigate Files

Threat Hunterscan files and events for malwareConducting Malware Analysis

Incident Responder

triage an incident in Investigate

NetWitness Respond User Guide

Threat Hunterview the files scanned on the host* Analyze Files

Incident Responder

view alerts and incidents generated

Investigate Files

*You can perform this task in the current view.

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Quick Look

Below is an example of the Files tab:

Files tab

FilenameName of the file. For example, 7-zip.dll.


Entropy of the image data, excluding the PE headers. It determines if the contents are packed (compressed or encrypted).


Size of the file. It can be an indicator when assessing a file.


Path of the file. Sometimes malware authors put the file on directories where there are typically no such files. Malicious files are typically standalone files (for example, a file in the root C:\ProgramData) versus a group of files in a legitimate folder (for example, files in C:\Program Files\<folder name>\).


Indicates if the file is signed or unsigned, valid or invalid, and provides signatory information.


Time stamp of the file.

User Name

User of the file (for Linux). For example, root.

Group NameGroup to which the user belongs (for Linux). For example, root (0).

File Properties Panel

This panel displays all properties of the selected file. It is grouped as follows:

  • Reputation status of the file as obtained from Reversing Lab. Various status are Unknown, Suspicious, Malicious, and Good.
  • General
  • General information about the file, such as file name, entropy, size, and format.
  • SignatureProvides signatory information.
    HashHash type of the file (MD5, SHA256, and SHA1).
    TimeTime when the file was created, modified, or accessed.
    LocationLocation of the file.
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