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The following analytic detects the deletion of AWS Network Access Control Lists (ACLs). It leverages AWS CloudTrail logs to identify events where a user deletes a network ACL entry. This activity is significant because deleting a network ACL can remove critical access restrictions, potentially allowing unauthorized access to cloud instances. If confirmed malicious, this action could enable attackers to bypass network security controls, leading to unauthorized access, data exfiltration, or further compromise of the cloud environment.

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

  • Last Updated: 2024-05-15
  • Author: Bhavin Patel, Patrick Bareiss, Splunk
  • ID: ada0f478-84a8-4641-a3f1-d82362d6fd75




ID Technique Tactic
T1562.007 Disable or Modify Cloud Firewall Defense Evasion
T1562 Impair Defenses Defense Evasion
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
  • DE.AE
  • CIS 13
`cloudtrail` eventName=DeleteNetworkAclEntry requestParameters.egress=false 
| fillnull 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by user_arn userIdentity.principalId eventName requestParameters.egress src userAgent 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)`
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `aws_network_access_control_list_deleted_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: aws_network_access_control_list_deleted_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
  • eventName
  • requestParameters.egress
  • userName
  • userIdentity.principalId
  • src
  • userAgent

How To Implement

You must install the AWS App for Splunk (version 5.1.0 or later) and Splunk Add-on for AWS (version 4.4.0 or later), then configure your AWS CloudTrail inputs.

Known False Positives

It's possible that a user has legitimately deleted a network ACL.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
5.0 10 50 User $user_arn$ from $src$ has sucessfully deleted network ACLs entry (eventName= $eventName$), such that the instance is accessible from anywhere

: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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