Facebook announced that it is developing a Windows version of its osquery tool, a service that allows the company's security teams to look for potential malware or malicious activity. At the moment osquery is only available for Apple's Mac platform, and has been open sourced for users to look for activity.
In a statement to Forbes, Facebook has now said that it is working on a Windows version of the tool, which will also be open source. Javier Marcos, a security engineer for the social network, said the company is developing the tool for Microsoft's platform because users have been requesting it.
“The good thing is that new Windows versions have done their homework in terms of security,” he said.
Windows users will be able to use osquery the tool to search systems like a database for malicious content, using tables to look through. Marcos says that Facebook will not have the tool ready until the summer because those tables still need to be built up on the Windows platform.
“Whether your goal is intrusion detection, infrastructure reliability, or compliance, osquery gives you the ability to empower and inform a broad set of organizations within your company.”
Osquery will be coming to Windows 10, but older builds will also get the tool, with Marcos confirming the tool will function on Windows 7 also (not word on Windows 8.1).
As an open source tool, developers are able to use it freely and develop its further, although at least basic SQL language skills are needed to use osquery. The service has already been adopted by Salesforce, Airbnb, and other companies