Operating systems

The Infection Monkey project supports many popular OSes (but we are always interested in supporting more).

The Infection Monkey agent has been tested to run on the following operating systems (on the x86_64 architecture):

Agent support

Linux

Compatibility depends on GLIBC version (2.14+)1. By default, these distributions are supported:

  • Centos 7+
  • Debian 7+
  • Kali 2019+
  • Oracle 7+
  • Rhel 7+
  • Suse 12+
  • Ubuntu 14+

Windows

  • Windows 2012+
  • Windows 2012_R2+
  • Windows 7/Server 2008_R2 if KB2999226 is installed.
  • Windows Vista/Server 2008 should also work if the same update is installed, but this wasn’t tested.

Server support

The Monkey Island (control server) runs out of the box on:

  • Ubuntu 18.04
  • Debian 9
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016

We also provide a Dockerfile on our website that lets the Monkey Island run inside a container.

Old machine bootloader

Some older machines still have partial compatibility and will be exploited and reported, but the Infection Monkey agent can’t run on them. In these cases, old machine bootloader (a small C program) will be run, which reports some minor info like network interface configuration, GLIBC version, OS, etc.

Old machine bootloader also has a GLIBC 2.14+ requirement for Linux because the bootloader is included in the Pyinstaller bootloader, which uses Python 3.7 that in turn requires GLIBC 2.14+. If you think partial support for older machines is important, don’t hesitate to open a new issue about it.

Old machine bootloader runs on machines with:

  • Centos 7+
  • Debian 7+
  • Kali 2019+
  • Oracle 7+
  • Rhel 7+
  • Suse 12+
  • Ubuntu 14+
  • Windows XP/Server 2003+

  1. The GLIBC >= 2.14 requirement exists because the Infection Monkey was built using this GLIBC version, and GLIBC is not backward compatible. We are also limited to the oldest GLIBC version compatible with Python 3.7. ↩︎