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Follow up on C3CM: Pt 2 – Bro with Logstash & Kibana (read Applied NSM)

In September I covered using Bro with Logstash and Kibana as part of my C3CM (identify, interrupt, and counter the command, control, and communications capabilities of our digital assailants)series in toolsmith. Two very cool developments have since taken place that justify follow-up:

1) In November Jason Smith (@automayt)  posted Parsing Bro 2.2 Logs with Logstash on the Applied Network Security Monitoring blog. This post exemplifies exactly how to configure Bro with Logstash and Kibana, and includes reference material regarding how to do so with Doug Burk's (@dougburks) Security Onion (@securityonion).

2) Additionally, please help me in congratulating Chris Sanders (@chrissanders88), lead author, along with contributing authors, the above-mentioned Jason Smith, as well as David Bianco (@DavidJBianco)  and Liam Randall (@hectaman),  on the very recent publication of the book the Applied NSM blog supports: Applied Network Security Monitoring: Collection, Detection, and Analysis, a…

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Volatility 2.3 and FireEye's diskless, memory-only Trojan.APT.9002

If you needed more any more evidence as to why your DFIR practice should evolve to a heavy focus on memory analysis, let me offer you some real impetus.
FireEye's Operation Ephemeral Hydra: IE Zero-Day Linked to DeputyDog Uses Diskless Method, posted 10 NOV 2013 is specific to an attack that "loaded the payload  directly into memory without first writing to disk." As such, this "will further complicate network defenders’ ability to triage compromised systems, using traditional forensics methods." Again, what is described is a malware sample (payload) that " does not write itself to disk, leaving little to no artifacts that can be used to identify infected endpoints." This FireEye analysis is obviously getting its share of attention, but folks are likely wondering "how the hell are we supposed to detect that on compromised systems?"
Question: Why does Volatility rule?
Answer: Because we don't need no stinking file system artifacts.
In prepa…

toolsmith: OWASP Xenotix XSS Exploit Framework

Current Windows operating system
Introduction Hard to believe this month’s toolsmith marks seven full years of delivering dynamic content and covering timely topics on the perpetually changing threat-scape information security practitioners face every day. I’ve endeavored to aid in that process 94 straight months in a row, still enjoy writing toolsmith as much as I did day one, and look forward to many more to come. How better to roll into our eighth year than by zooming back to one of my favorite topics, cross-site scripting (XSS), with the OWASP Xenotix XSS Exploit Framework. I’d asked readers and Twitter followers to vote for November’s topic and Xenotix won by quite a majority. This was timely as I’ve also seen renewed interest in my Anatomy of an XSS Attack published in the ISSA Journal more than five years ago in June 2008. Hard to believe XSS vulnerabilities still prevail but according to WhiteHat Security’s May 2013 Statistics report: 1)While no longer the most pre…