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On June 14th, 2022, Splunk released a security advisory relating to TLS validation occuring within the httplib and urllib python libraries shipped with Splunk. In addition to upgrading to Splunk Enterprise 9.0 or later, several configuration settings need to be set. This search will check those configurations on the search head it is run from as well as its search peers. In addition to these settings, the PYTHONHTTPSVERIFY setting in $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/splunk-launch.conf needs to be enabled as well. Other components such as additional search heads or anything this rest command cannot be distributed to will need to be manually checked.

  • Type: Hunting
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Web
  • Last Updated: 2022-05-25
  • Author: Lou Stella, Splunk
  • ID: 900892bf-70a9-4787-8c99-546dd98ce461




ID Technique Tactic
T1001.003 Protocol Impersonation Command And Control
Kill Chain Phase
  • Command and Control
  • DE.AE
  • CIS 10
ID Summary CVSS
CVE-2022-32151 The httplib and urllib Python libraries that Splunk shipped with Splunk Enterprise did not validate certificates using the certificate authority (CA) certificate stores by default in Splunk Enterprise versions before 9.0 and Splunk Cloud Platform versions before 8.2.2203. Python 3 client libraries now verify server certificates by default and use the appropriate CA certificate stores for each library. Apps and add-ons that include their own HTTP libraries are not affected. For Splunk Enterprise, update to Splunk Enterprise version 9.0 and Configure TLS host name validation for Splunk-to-Splunk communications ( to enable the remediation. 6.4
| rest /services/server/info 
| table splunk_server version server_roles 
| join splunk_server [
| rest /servicesNS/nobody/search/configs/conf-server/ search="PythonSslClientConfig" 
| table splunk_server sslVerifyServerCert sslVerifyServerName] 
| join splunk_server [
| rest /servicesNS/nobody/search/configs/conf-web/settings 
|  table splunk_server serverCert sslVersions] 
| rename sslVerifyServerCert as "Server.conf:PythonSSLClientConfig:sslVerifyServerCert", sslVerifyServerName as "Server.conf:PythonSSLClientConfig:sslVerifyServerName", serverCert as "Web.conf:Settings:serverCert", sslVersions as "Web.conf:Settings:sslVersions" 
| `splunk_protocol_impersonation_weak_encryption_configuration_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: splunk_protocol_impersonation_weak_encryption_configuration_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.

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How To Implement

The user running this search is required to have a permission allowing them to dispatch REST requests to indexers (The dispatch_rest_to_indexers capability). Splunk SOAR customers can find a SOAR workbook that walks an analyst through the process of running these hunting searches in the references list of this detection. In order to use this workbook, a user will need to run a curl command to post the file to their SOAR instance such as "curl -u username:password -d @splunk_psa_0622.json". A user should then create an empty container or case, attach the workbook, and begin working through the tasks.

Known False Positives

While all of the settings on each device returned by this search may appear to be hardened, you will still need to verify the value of PYTHONHTTPSVERIFY in $SPLUNK_HOME/etc/splunk-launch.conf on each device in order to harden the python configuration.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
50.0 50 100 $splunk_server$ may not be properly validating TLS Certificates

:information_source: The Risk Score is calculated by the following formula: Risk Score = (Impact * Confidence/100). Initial Confidence and Impact is set by the analytic author.


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