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This search allows you to identify DNS requests that are unusually large for the record type being requested in your environment.

  • Type: Anomaly
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Network_Resolution
  • Last Updated: 2020-01-22
  • Author: Rico Valdez, Splunk
  • ID: 85fbcfe8-9718-4911-adf6-7000d077a3a9


ID Technique Tactic
T1071.004 DNS Command And Control
T1071 Application Layer Protocol Command And Control

| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as start_time max(_time) as end_time values(DNS.src) as src values(DNS.dest) as dest from datamodel=Network_Resolution by DNS.query DNS.record_type 
| search DNS.record_type=* 
|  `drop_dm_object_name(DNS)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| eval query_length = len(query) 
| apply dns_query_pdfmodel threshold=0.01 
| rename "IsOutlier(query_length)" as isOutlier 
| search isOutlier > 0 
| sort -query_length 
| table start_time end_time query record_type count src dest query_length 
| `dns_query_length_outliers___mltk_filter` 

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you will need to ensure that DNS data is populating the Network_Resolution data model. In addition, the Machine Learning Toolkit (MLTK) version 4.2 or greater must be installed on your search heads, along with any required dependencies. Finally, the support search "Baseline of DNS Query Length - MLTK" must be executed before this detection search, because it builds a machine-learning (ML) model over the historical data used by this search. It is important that this search is run in the same app context as the associated support search, so that the model created by the support search is available for use. You should periodically re-run the support search to rebuild the model with the latest data available in your environment.
This search produces fields (query,query_length,count) that are not yet supported by ES Incident Review and therefore cannot be viewed when a notable event is raised. These fields contribute additional context to the notable. To see the additional metadata, add the following fields, if not already present, to Incident Review - Event Attributes (Configure > Incident Management > Incident Review Settings > Add New Entry):\n1. Label: DNS Query, Field: query\

  1. \
  2. Label: DNS Query Length, Field: query_length\
  3. \
  4. Label: Number of events, Field: count
    Detailed documentation on how to create a new field within Incident Review may be found here: https://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/ES/5.3.0/Admin/Customizenotables#Add_a_field_to_the_notable_event_details

Required field

  • _time
  • DNS.src
  • DNS.dest
  • DNS.query
  • DNS.record_type

Kill Chain Phase

  • Command and Control

Known False Positives

If you are seeing more results than desired, you may consider reducing the value for threshold in the search. You should also periodically re-run the support search to re-build the ML model on the latest data.


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