:warning: THIS IS A EXPERIMENTAL DETECTION

This detection has been marked experimental by the Splunk Threat Research team. This means we have not been able to test, simulate, or build datasets for this detection. Use at your own risk. This analytic is NOT supported.

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Description

This analytic looks for suspicious commandline that redirect the stdout or possible stderror to dev/null file. This technique was seen in cyclopsblink malware where it redirect the possible output or error while modify the iptables firewall setting of the compromised machine to hide its action from the user. This Anomaly detection is a good pivot to look further why process or user use this un common approach.

  • Type: Anomaly
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2022-04-05
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: de62b809-a04d-46b5-9a15-8298d330f0c8

Annotations

ATT&CK

ATT&CK

ID Technique Tactic
T1562.004 Disable or Modify System Firewall Defense Evasion
T1562 Impair Defenses Defense Evasion
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
NIST
  • DE.CM
CIS20
  • CIS 3
  • CIS 5
  • CIS 16
CVE
1
2
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6
| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where  Processes.process = "*&>/dev/null*" by  Processes.process_name Processes.process Processes.process_id Processes.parent_process_id Processes.process_guid Processes.dest Processes.user Processes.parent_process_name 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `linux_stdout_redirection_to_dev_null_file_filter`

Macros

The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: linux_stdout_redirection_to_dev_null_file_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
  • Processes.dest
  • Processes.user
  • Processes.parent_process_name
  • Processes.process_name
  • Processes.process
  • Processes.process_id
  • Processes.parent_process_id

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting logs with the process name, parent process, and command-line executions from your endpoints. If you are using Sysmon, you can use the Add-on for Linux Sysmon from Splunkbase.

Known False Positives

unknown

Associated Analytic Story

RBA

Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
36.0 60 60 a commandline $process$ that redirect stdout to dev/null in $dest$

: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.

Reference

Test Dataset

Replay any dataset to Splunk Enterprise by using our replay.py tool or the UI. Alternatively you can replay a dataset into a Splunk Attack Range

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