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By enabling DHCP Snooping as a Layer 2 Security measure on the organization's network devices, we will be able to detect unauthorized DHCP servers handing out DHCP leases to devices on the network (Man in the Middle attack).

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel:
  • Last Updated: 2020-08-11
  • Author: Mikael Bjerkeland, Splunk
  • ID: 6e1ada88-7a0d-4ac1-92c6-03d354686079


ID Technique Tactic
T1200 Hardware Additions Initial Access
T1498 Network Denial of Service Impact
T1557 Adversary-in-the-Middle Credential Access, Collection
`cisco_networks` facility="DHCP_SNOOPING" mnemonic="DHCP_SNOOPING_UNTRUSTED_PORT" 
| stats min(_time) AS firstTime max(_time) AS lastTime count values(message_type) AS message_type values(src_mac) AS src_mac BY host 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)`
| `detect_rogue_dhcp_server_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

This search uses a standard SPL query on logs from Cisco Network devices. The network devices must be configured with DHCP Snooping enabled (see https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/switches/lan/catalyst2960x/software/15-0_2_EX/security/configuration_guide/b_sec_152ex_2960-x_cg/b_sec_152ex_2960-x_cg_chapter_01101.html) and log with a severity level of minimum "5 - notification". The search also requires that the Cisco Networks Add-on for Splunk (https://splunkbase.splunk.com/app/1467) is used to parse the logs from the Cisco network devices.

Required field

  • _time
  • facility
  • mnemonic
  • message_type
  • src_mac
  • host

Kill Chain Phase

  • Reconnaissance
  • Delivery
  • Actions on Objectives

Known False Positives

This search might be prone to high false positives if DHCP Snooping has been incorrectly configured or in the unlikely event that the DHCP server has been moved to another network interface.


Test Dataset

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