10. OPSWAT Media Validation Agent

The OPSWAT Media Validation Agent (OMVA) is a lightweight tool that is deployed on Windows endpoints ensuring that no media can be mounted that has not been first processed by MetaDefender Kiosk.
With the media manifest feature enabled, after media is processed by MetaDefender Kiosk, it will contain a media manifest that is digitally signed and hashes of all the clean and approved files.
When an endpoint has the OMVA installed, any media that is inserted is first checked for a valid digital signature from the Kiosk and then a hash check is performed verifying that the contents of the media have not been altered.

Installing the Agent

Run the .msi obtained from the Kiosk Resources page on the Windows endpoint.


The Agent must be provided with the certificates it should consider trusted.
The Agent will look in the following folders to locate all trusted certificates:


  2. %USERPROFILE%\.ssh\

  3. %APPDATA%\.ssh\

  4. %APPDATA%\OPSWAT\.ssh\

If the trusted certificate is not in any of the directories above, the Agent can also verify certificate trust if the root Certificate Authority certificate is installed.
OPSWAT recommends automating the deployment and installation of trusted certificates to the client using an AD Push or similar technique.
A Certificate Authority certificate can also be installed for an individual end-point by copying the .crt file over, right clicking on it, and selecting "Install Certificate."

Usage / Verification of the Media

Insert the media to the endpoint, automatically, the Validation Agent will begin checking the media, it performs the following steps:

  1. Looks for an OPSWAT Media Manifest file on the media

  2. Checks to make sure the Certificate that signed the media manifest is trusted

  3. Checks each file on the removable media against the media manifest to make sure it has not been modified



If the manifest is found to be invalid or files on the media are found to be missing/modified from the manifest, the media will be blocked from being accessed on the endpoint.



Configuration of the Agent







The maximum days to use a media manifest result
If blank or omitted, the manifest is trusted forever

Uninstalling the Agent

Uninstalling the agent requires the password: " Opswat1234! " to successfully complete.