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The following analytic identifies unauthenticated access attempts to the System Manager Portal in Ivanti Sentry, exploiting CVE-2023-38035. It detects this activity by monitoring HTTP requests to specific endpoints ("/mics/services/configservice/", "/mics/services/", "/mics/services/MICSLogService*") with a status code of 200. This behavior is significant for a SOC as it indicates potential unauthorized access, which could lead to OS command execution as root. If confirmed malicious, this activity could result in significant system compromise and data breaches, especially if port 8443 is exposed to the internet.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Web
  • Last Updated: 2024-05-17
  • Author: Michael Haag, Splunk
  • ID: b8e0d1cf-e6a8-4d46-a5ae-aebe18ead8f8




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 ("/mics/services/configservice/*", "/mics/services/*","/mics/services/MICSLogService*") 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)` 
| `ivanti_sentry_authentication_bypass_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: ivanti_sentry_authentication_bypass_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

To implement this analytic, a network product similar to Suricata or Palo Alto needs to be mapped to the Web datamodel. Modify accordingly to work with your products.

Known False Positives

It is important to note that false positives may occur if the search criteria are expanded beyond the HTTP status code 200. In other words, if the search includes other HTTP status codes, the likelihood of encountering false positives increases. This is due to the fact that HTTP status codes other than 200 may not necessarily indicate a successful exploitation attempt.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
45.0 90 50 Possible exploitation of CVE-2023-38035 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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