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Description

The master user password for Amazon RDS DB instance can be reset using the Amazon RDS console. Using this technique, the attacker can get access to the sensitive data from the DB. Usually, the production databases may have sensitive data like Credit card information, PII, Health care Data. This event should be investigated further.

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

  • Last Updated: 2022-08-07
  • Author: Gowthamaraj Rajendran, Splunk
  • ID: 6153c5ea-ed30-4878-81e6-21ecdb198189

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ATT&CK

ATT&CK

ID Technique Tactic
T1110.002 Password Cracking Credential Access
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
NIST
  • DE.CM
CIS20
  • CIS 3
  • CIS 5
  • CIS 16
CVE
1
2
3
4
5
`cloudtrail` eventSource="rds.amazonaws.com" eventName=ModifyDBInstance "requestParameters.masterUserPassword"=* 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime values(requestParameters.dBInstanceIdentifier) as DB by sourceIPAddress awsRegion eventName userAgent
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)`
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `aws_credential_access_rds_password_reset_filter`

Macros

The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: aws_credential_access_rds_password_reset_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.

  • _time
  • eventName
  • eventSource
  • requestParameters.dBInstanceIdentifier
  • userAgent
  • sourceIPAddress
  • awsRegion

How To Implement

You must install splunk AWS add on and Splunk App for AWS. This search works with AWS CloudTrail logs.

Known False Positives

Users may genuinely reset the RDS password.

Associated Analytic Story

RBA

Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
49.0 70 70 $DB$ password has been reset from IP $sourceIPAddress$

: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.

Reference

Test Dataset

Replay any dataset to Splunk Enterprise by using our replay.py tool or the UI. Alternatively you can replay a dataset into a Splunk Attack Range

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