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Qualys Technology Add-on (TA) for Splunk: Why is the Qualys knowledge base input generating error "msg="A script exited abnormally""?


We've installed the Qualys Technology Add-on (TA) for Splunk. I can successfully pull down vulnerability data and the knowledge base.

Every hour, I see the following error message in the console:

msg="A script exited abnormally" input="/opt/splunk/etc/apps/TA-QualysCloudPlatform/bin/" stanza="qualys://knowledge_base" status="exited with code 1"

I don't understand why it is happening every hour since the inputs.conf stanza has the script running every day at 1 am:

duration = 0 1 * * *
index = vulnerabilities
start_date = 1999-01-01T00:00:00Z
disabled = 0
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I can't get to the Qualys documentation without downloading the app, but I think if you review the definition of the duration parameter, you may find that second parameter is causing it to launch every 1 hour. I'd be surprised if a parameter called "duration" was specifying a particular hour of the day, in a format without a colon (1:00).

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