The version test is used to check the version of the Cisco CatOS operating system. It extends the standard TestType as defined in the oval-definitions-schema and one should refer to the TestType description for more information. The required object element references a version_object and the optional state element specifies the data to check. The evaluation of the test is guided by the check attribute that is inherited from the TestType.
The required information of version_test can be got via a SHOW VERSION command. The separated version_test enables an evaluation based on OVAL without having interactive command access to the device.
The version_object element is used by a version test to define the different version information associated with a Cisco CatOS system. There is actually only one object relating to version and this is the system as a whole. Therefore, there are no child entities defined. Any OVAL Test written to check version will reference the same version_object which is basically an empty object element.
The version_state element defines the version information held within a Cisco CatOS software release. The swtich_series element specifies the Catalyst switch series. The image_name element specifies the name of the CatOS image. The catos_major_release, catos_individual_release and catos_version_id elements specify the software version information of the module. For instance, if the CatOS version is 8.5(4c)GLX, then catos_major_release is 8.5GLX, catos_individual_release is 4 and catos_version_id is c.