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The following analytic detects attempts to exploit the Citrix Bleed vulnerability (CVE-2023-4966), which can lead to the leaking of session tokens. It identifies HTTP requests with a 200 status code targeting the /oauth/idp/.well-known/openid-configuration URL endpoint. By parsing web traffic and filtering based on user agent details, HTTP method, source and destination IPs, and sourcetype, it aims to identify potentially malicious requests. This activity is significant for a SOC because successful exploitation can allow attackers to impersonate legitimate users, bypass authentication, and access sensitive data. If confirmed malicious, it could lead to unauthorized data access, network propagation, and critical information exfiltration.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Web
  • Last Updated: 2024-05-11
  • Author: Michael Haag, Splunk
  • ID: b593cac5-dd20-4358-972a-d945fefdaf17




ID Technique Tactic
T1190 Exploit Public-Facing Application Initial Access
Kill Chain Phase
  • Delivery
  • DE.CM
  • CIS 13
| tstats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Web where Web.url IN ("*/oauth/idp/.well-known/openid-configuration*")  Web.status=200 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_and_gateway_unauthorized_data_disclosure_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: citrix_adc_and_gateway_unauthorized_data_disclosure_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.

  • Web.http_user_agent
  • Web.status
  • Web.http_method
  • Web.url
  • Web.url_length
  • Web.src
  • Web.dest
  • sourcetype

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. We recommend hunting in the environment first to understand the scope of the issue and then deploying this detection to monitor for future exploitation attempts. Limit or restrict to Citrix devices only if possible.

Known False Positives

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

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
90.0 100 90 Possible exploitation of Citrix Bleed vulnerability against $dest$ fron $src$.

: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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