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This search allows operator to identify Splunk search app crashes resulting from specially crafted ZIP file using file monitoring that affects UF versions 8.1.11 and 8.2 versions below It is not possible to detect Zip Bomb attack before crash. This search will provide Universal Forwarder errors from uploaded binary files (zip compression) which are used for this attack. If an analyst sees results from this search we suggest you investigate and triage what zip file was uploaded, zip compressed files may have different extensions.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud

  • Last Updated: 2022-08-02
  • Author: Marissa Bower, Rod Soto, Splunk
  • ID: b237d393-2f57-4531-aad7-ad3c17c8b041




ID Technique Tactic
T1499 Endpoint Denial of Service Impact
Kill Chain Phase
  • Actions On Objectives
  • DE.CM
  • CIS 10
ID Summary CVSS
CVE-2022-37439 In Splunk Enterprise and Universal Forwarder versions in the following table, indexing a specially crafted ZIP file using the file monitoring input can result in a crash of the application. Attempts to restart the application would result in a crash and would require manually removing the malformed file. None
`splunkd` component=FileClassifierManager event_message=*invalid* event_message=*binary* 
|stats count by host component event_message 
| `splunk_endpoint_denial_of_service_dos_zip_bomb_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

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

Required fields

List of fields required to use this analytic.

  • source
  • component
  • event_message
  • host

How To Implement

Need to monitor Splunkd data from Universal Forwarders.

Known False Positives

This search may reveal non malicious zip files causing errors as well.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
75.0 100 75 Potential exposure of environment variables from url embedded in dashboard

: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.


Test Dataset

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