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Description

This search provides detection of updates to SAML provider in AWS. Updates to SAML provider need to be monitored closely as they may indicate possible perimeter compromise of federated credentials, or backdoor access from another cloud provider set by attacker.

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

  • Last Updated: 2021-01-26
  • Author: Rod Soto, Splunk
  • ID: 2f0604c6-6030-11eb-ae93-0242ac130002

Annotations

ATT&CK
ID Technique Tactic
T1078 Valid Accounts Defense Evasion, Initial Access, Persistence, Privilege Escalation
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
NIST
CIS20
CVE
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2
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`cloudtrail` eventName=UpdateSAMLProvider 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by eventType eventName requestParameters.sAMLProviderArn userIdentity.sessionContext.sessionIssuer.arn sourceIPAddress userIdentity.accessKeyId userIdentity.principalId 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)`
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
|`aws_saml_update_identity_provider_filter`

Macros

The SPL above uses the following Macros:

Note that aws_saml_update_identity_provider_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
  • eventType
  • requestParameters.sAMLProviderArn
  • userIdentity.sessionContext.sessionIssuer.arn
  • sourceIPAddress
  • userIdentity.accessKeyId
  • userIdentity.principalId

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

Updating a SAML provider or creating a new one may not necessarily be malicious however it needs to be closely monitored.

Associated Analytic story

RBA

Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
64.0 80 80 User $userIdentity.principalId$ from IP address $sourceIPAddress$ has trigged an event $eventName$ to update the SAML provider to $requestParameters.sAMLProviderArn$

Reference

Test Dataset

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