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This search provides information on anonymous Kubectl calls with IP, verb namespace and object access context

  • Type: Hunting
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel:
  • Last Updated: 2020-06-23
  • Author: Rod Soto, Splunk
  • ID: 042a3d32-8318-4763-9679-09db2644a8f2
`aws_cloudwatchlogs_eks` userAgent=kubectl* sourceIPs{}!= sourceIPs{}!=::1 src_user=system:anonymous  
| table  src_ip src_user verb userAgent requestURI  
| stats  count by src_ip src_user verb userAgent requestURI 

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

You must install splunk AWS add on and Splunk App for AWS. This search works with cloudwatch logs.

Required field

  • _time
  • userAgent
  • sourceIPs{}
  • src_user
  • src_ip
  • verb
  • requestURI

Kill Chain Phase

  • Lateral Movement

Known False Positives

Kubectl calls are not malicious by nature. However source IP, verb and Object can reveal potential malicious activity, specially anonymous suspicious IPs and sensitive objects such as configmaps or secrets


Test Dataset

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