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Description

This search looks for AWS CloudTrail events and analyse the amount of eventNames which starts with Describe by a single user. This indicates that this user scans the configuration of your AWS cloud environment.

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

  • Last Updated: 2021-04-13
  • Author: Patrick Bareiss, Splunk
  • ID: 1fdd164a-def8-4762-83a9-9ffe24e74d5a

Annotations

ATT&CK
ID Technique Tactic
T1526 Cloud Service Discovery Discovery
Kill Chain Phase
  • Actions on Objectives
NIST
  • PR.DS
  • PR.AC
  • DE.CM
CIS20
  • CIS 13
CVE
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`cloudtrail` eventName=Describe* OR eventName=List* OR eventName=Get*  
| stats dc(eventName) as dc_events min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime values(eventName) as eventName values(src) as src values(userAgent) as userAgent by user userIdentity.arn 
| where dc_events > 50 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)`
|`aws_excessive_security_scanning_filter`

Macros

The SPL above uses the following Macros:

Note that aws_excessive_security_scanning_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.

Required field

  • _time
  • eventName
  • src
  • userAgent
  • user
  • userIdentity.arn

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

While this search has no known false positives.

Associated Analytic story

RBA

Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
18.0 30 60 user $user$ has excessive number of api calls $dc_events$ from these IP addresses $src$, violating the threshold of 50, using the following commands $command$.

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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