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This search is designed to detect high frequency of archive files data exfiltration through HTTP POST method protocol. This are one of the common techniques used by APT or trojan spy after doing the data collection like screenshot, recording, sensitive data to the infected machines. The attacker may execute archiving command to the collected data, save it a temp folder with a hidden attribute then send it to its C2 through HTTP POST. Sometimes adversaries will rename the archive files or encode/encrypt to cover their tracks. This detection can detect a renamed archive files transfer to HTTP POST since it checks the request body header. Unfortunately this detection cannot support archive that was encrypted or encoded before doing the exfiltration.

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

  • Last Updated: 2023-11-07
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: 4477f3ea-a28f-11eb-b762-acde48001122




ID Technique Tactic
T1048.003 Exfiltration Over Unencrypted Non-C2 Protocol Exfiltration
T1048 Exfiltration Over Alternative Protocol Exfiltration
Kill Chain Phase
  • Actions On Objectives
  • DE.CM
  • CIS 13
`stream_http` http_method=POST 
|eval archive_hdr1=substr(form_data,1,2) 
| eval archive_hdr2 = substr(form_data,1,4) 
|stats values(form_data) as http_request_body min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime count by src_ip dest_ip http_method http_user_agent uri_path url bytes_in bytes_out archive_hdr1 archive_hdr2 
|where count >20 AND (archive_hdr1 = "7z" OR archive_hdr1 = "PK" OR archive_hdr2="Rar!") 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `multiple_archive_files_http_post_traffic_filter` 


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: multiple_archive_files_http_post_traffic_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
  • http_method
  • http_user_agent
  • uri_path
  • url
  • bytes_in
  • bytes_out
  • archive_hdr1
  • archive_hdr2
  • form_data

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting logs with the stream HTTP logs or network logs that catch network traffic. Make sure that the http-request-body, payload, or request field is enabled in stream http configuration.

Known False Positives

Normal archive transfer via HTTP protocol may trip this detection.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
25.0 50 50 A http post $http_method$ sending packet with possible archive bytes header in uri path $uri_path$

: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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