Tutorial: Basic Set File Reputation Example

Basic Set File Reputation Example

This sample demonstrates invoking the McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange (TIE) DXL service to set the enterprise-specific trust level of a file (as identified by its hashes).


  • The samples configuration step has been completed (see Samples).

  • A McAfee Threat Intelligence Exchange (TIE) Service is available on the DXL fabric.

  • The JavaScript DXL client must be authorized to send messages to the /mcafee/service/tie/file/reputation/set topic, which is part of the TIE Server Set Enterprise Reputation authorization group.

    The following page provides an example of authorizing a Python client to send messages to an authorization group. While the example is based on McAfee Active Response (MAR), the instructions are the same with the exception of swapping the TIE Server Set Enterprise Reputation authorization group in place of Active Response Server API:



To run this sample execute the sample/basic/basic-set-file-reputation-example.js script as follows:

$ node sample/basic/basic-set-file-reputation-example.js

If the set reputation operation succeeds the following message will be displayed:



The majority of the sample code is shown below:

// Create the client
var client = new dxl.Client(config)

// Hashes for the file whose reputation should be set. These use the hashes for
// notepad.exe by default but could be replaced with appropriate values for the
// file whose reputation should be set.
var FILE_MD5 = 'f2c7bb8acc97f92e987a2d4087d021b1'
var FILE_SHA1 = '7eb0139d2175739b3ccb0d1110067820be6abd29'
var FILE_SHA256 = '142e1d688ef0568370c37187fd9f2351d7ddeda574f8bfa9b0fa4ef42db85aa2'

// Connect to the fabric, supplying a callback function which is invoked
// when the connection has been established
client.connect(function () {
  var tieClient = new TieClient(client)
  var hashes = {}
  hashes[HashType.MD5] = FILE_MD5
  hashes[HashType.SHA1] = FILE_SHA1
  hashes[HashType.SHA256] = FILE_SHA256

  // Set the Enterprise reputation for the file to Known Trusted
    function (error) {
      // Destroy the client - frees up resources so that the application
      // stops running
      if (error) {
        console.log('Error: ' + error.message)
      } else {
    'Reputation set via OpenDXL'

Once a connection is established to the DXL fabric, the callback function supplied to the DXL client instance's connect() method will be invoked. From within the callback function, a TieClient instance is created. The TieClient instance will be used to communicate with the TIE DXL services.

The enterprise-specific trust level is established for the file by invoking the TieClient instance's setFileReputation() method, along with the hash values used to identify the file.

The filename and comment — "notepad.exe" and "Reputation set via OpenDXL" in the above example, respectively — are optional but are useful in identifying the particular file that is associated with the hashes (especially if the file did not previously exist in the TIE repository).