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The following analytic uses tags of SSL, TLS and certificate to identify the usage of the Splunk default certificates being utilized in the environment. Recommended guidance is to utilize valid TLS certificates which documentation may be found in Splunk Docs -

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

  • Last Updated: 2022-05-25
  • Author: Michael Haag, Splunk
  • ID: 620fbb89-86fd-4e2e-925f-738374277586




ID Technique Tactic
T1040 Network Sniffing Credential Access, Discovery
Kill Chain Phase
  • Reconnaissance
  • DE.CM
  • CIS 3
  • CIS 5
  • CIS 16
tag IN (ssl, tls, certificate) ssl_issuer_common_name=*splunk* 
| stats values(src) AS "Host(s) with Default Cert" count by ssl_issuer ssl_subject_common_name ssl_subject_organization ssl_subject host sourcetype 
| `splunk_identified_ssl_tls_certificates_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: splunk_identified_ssl_tls_certificates_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.

  • ssl_issuer
  • ssl_subject_common_name
  • ssl_subject_organization
  • ssl_subject
  • host
  • sourcetype

How To Implement

Ingestion of SSL/TLS data is needed and to be tagged properly as ssl, tls or certificate. This data may come from a proxy, zeek, or Splunk Streams. Splunk SOAR customers can find a SOAR workbook that walks an analyst through the process of running these hunting searches in the references list of this detection. In order to use this workbook, a user will need to run a curl command to post the file to their SOAR instance such as "curl -u username:password -d @splunk_psa_0622.json". A user should then create an empty container or case, attach the workbook, and begin working through the tasks.

Known False Positives

False positives will not be present as it is meant to assist with identifying default certificates being utilized.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
42.0 60 70 The following $dest$ is using the self signed Splunk certificate.

: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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