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The following analytic identifies potential exploitation attempts against Citrix ADC related to CVE-2023-3519. It detects POST requests to specific web endpoints associated with this vulnerability by leveraging the Web datamodel. This activity is significant as CVE-2023-3519 involves a SAML processing overflow issue that can lead to memory corruption, posing a high risk. If confirmed malicious, attackers could exploit this to execute arbitrary code, escalate privileges, or disrupt services, making it crucial for SOC analysts to monitor and investigate these alerts promptly.

  • Type: Hunting
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Web
  • Last Updated: 2024-05-25
  • Author: Michael Haag, Splunk
  • ID: 76ac2dcb-333c-4a77-8ae9-2720cfae47a8




ID Technique Tactic
T1190 Exploit Public-Facing Application Initial Access
Kill Chain Phase
  • Delivery
  • DE.AE
  • CIS 10
| tstats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Web where Web.url IN ("*/saml/login","/cgi/samlauth","*/saml/activelogin","/cgi/samlart?samlart=*","*/cgi/logout","/gwtest/formssso?event=start&target=*","/netscaler/ns_gui/vpn/*")  Web.http_method=POST by Web.http_user_agent, Web.status Web.http_method, Web.url, Web.url_length, Web.src, Web.dest, sourcetype 
| `drop_dm_object_name("Web")` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `citrix_adc_exploitation_cve_2023_3519_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: citrix_adc_exploitation_cve-2023-3519_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.

  • _time
  • Web.http_method
  • Web.url
  • Web.url_length
  • Web.src
  • Web.dest

How To Implement

This detection requires the Web datamodel to be populated from a supported Technology Add-On like Splunk for Apache, Splunk for Nginx, or Splunk for Palo Alto.

Known False Positives

False positives may be present based on organization use of SAML utilities. Filter, or restrict the analytic to Citrix devices only.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
45.0 90 50 Possible expliotation of CVE-2023-3519 against $dest$.

: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.


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