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On Splunk version 9 on Python3 client libraries verify server certificates by default and use CA certificate store. This search warns a user about a failure to validate a certificate using python3 request.

  • Type: Hunting
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud

  • Last Updated: 2022-05-24
  • Author: Rod Soto, Splunk
  • ID: 839d12a6-b119-4d44-ac4f-13eed95412c8




ID Technique Tactic
T1588.004 Digital Certificates Resource Development
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
  • DE.CM
  • CIS 3
  • CIS 5
  • CIS 16
`splunk_python` "simpleRequest SSL certificate validation is enabled without hostname verification" 
| stats count by host path 
| `splunk_protocol_impersonation_weak_encryption_simplerequest_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: splunk_protocol_impersonation_weak_encryption_simplerequest_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.

  • host
  • event_message
  • path

How To Implement

Must upgrade to Splunk version 9 and Configure TLS host name validation for Splunk Python modules in order to apply this search. Splunk SOAR customers can find a SOAR workbook that walks an analyst through the process of running these hunting searches in the references list of this detection. In order to use this workbook, a user will need to run a curl command to post the file to their SOAR instance such as "curl -u username:password -d @splunk_psa_0622.json". A user should then create an empty container or case, attach the workbook, and begin working through the tasks.

Known False Positives

This search tries to address validation of server and client certificates within Splunk infrastructure, it might produce results from accidental or unintended requests to port 8089.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
40.0 50 80 Failed to validate certificate on $host$

: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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