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This search provides information of unauthenticated requests via user agent, and authentication data against Kubernetes cluster's pods

  • Type: Hunting
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel:
  • Last Updated: 2020-07-17
  • Author: Rod Soto, Splunk
  • ID: 19b53215-4a16-405b-8087-9e6acf619842


ID Technique Tactic
T1526 Cloud Service Discovery Discovery
`google_gcp_pubsub_message` category=kube-audit 
|spath input=properties.log 
|search responseStatus.code=401 
|table sourceIPs{} userAgent verb requestURI responseStatus.reason properties.pod 
| `gcp_kubernetes_cluster_pod_scan_detection_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

You must install the GCP App for Splunk (version 2.0.0 or later), then configure stackdriver and set a Pub/Sub subscription to be imported to Splunk.

Required field

  • _time
  • category
  • responseStatus.code
  • sourceIPs{}
  • userAgent
  • verb
  • requestURI
  • responseStatus.reason
  • properties.pod

Kill Chain Phase

  • Reconnaissance

Known False Positives

Not all unauthenticated requests are malicious, but frequency, User Agent, source IPs and pods will provide context.


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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