Cortex-Analyzers 2.8.0: to infinity and beyond!

Thanks to the community and all the contributors, this release comes with 1 new Analyzer, 2 new Responders, lots of improvements and bug fixes.

But there is more news from the front.

Starting from this milestone, bugfixes and new Analyzers or Responders should be released in a smoother way as we are improving few processes. Some changes and recommandations should appear in the next days for submission, and our release process will be improved to fix bugs easier and release new code faster.

We also plan to offer a better documentation. We already started to publish information regarding each Analyzer and Responder. This is a work in progress, and it will be updated with the current requirements guide.

DomainToolsIris documentation page

For each Analyzer and Responder, a page details the purpose of each flavors, the configuration required and even some screenshots from report samples. It will also allow developers to share their own notes if wanted.

New Analyzers

New Responders

Improvements

  • Refactor Onyphe using new v2 api (#736)
  • Improvement in Shodan: add vulns in template and taxonomies (#772 & #776)
  • Improvement in Mailer responder: tasks support and auth (#764, #737, #379)
  • Improvement in SinkDb: support for new api with new dataTypes supported (#483, #498, #756)

Analyzers

LastInfoSec

LastInfoSec offers innovative and automated solutions to collect data, refine it and turn it into useful and actionable information, quickly available to improve the protection, detection and investigation capabilities of companies and government organizations.

TheHive displays the analyzer results as follows:

Short template for LastInfoSec Report
Long Template for LastInfoSec Report

Onyphe

An important work has been made on Onyphe Analyzer to support APIv2. All 7 flavors from older version have been removed and merged into only one flavor named “Onyphe_Summary”. An API key is still needed to query Onyphe API.

TheHive displays the analyzer results as follows:

Onyphe_Summary short report
Onyphe_Summary long report

Responders

Sendgrid

Sendgrid is a customer communication platform for transactional and marketing email used when you have to ensure that your notifications and transactional emails are delivered quickly and securely.

This analyzer works like the Mailer one, but relying on SendGrid external service to delivery emails.

In order to use the service please follow the instruction being careful to the verify your email address.

VirusTotalDownloader

This responders runs on Observables of type “hash” and allows analyst to download corresponding file from VirusTotal. Once downloaded, the file is added to the current case observables in TheHive.

In order to use this responder, a Premium API key from VirusTotal is needed. An API key from TheHive is also needed to upload the file in the observables list.

Use the responder on the hash to add the sample in your Observables

Fixes and Improvements

  • Fix: some analyzer uses invalid “email” dataType (#799)
  • Fix in MalwareBazaar: wrong dataTypes in config (#794)
  • Fix in PhishTank: the JSON object must be str, not ‘bytes’ (#786)
  • Fix in VMRay: fix error in parsing and workflow (#785 & #784)
  • Fix in Wazuh: ipaddress import missing (#778)
  • Fix in Minemeld Responder: requests missing in requirements (#774)
  • Fix in WOT: moving to new endpoint (#771)
  • DomainTools Iris: update api urls (#760)
  • Fix in ThreatResponse: module_type key removed from response (#759)
  • Fix in Abuse_Finder: pythonwhois dependency (#742)

Get It While Supply Lasts!

If you are still using the old-style way of installing analyzers and responders, run the following commands:

cd path/to/Cortex-Analyzers
git pull
for I in analyzers/*/requirements.txt; do sudo -H pip3 install -U -r $I || true; done
for I in responders/*/requirements.txt; do sudo -H pip3 install -U -r $I || true; done

Once done, ensure to refresh your analyzers and responders in the Cortex WebUI. Connect as an orgadmin and go to the Organization menu. Click on the Analyzers tab and click on the Refresh analyzers button. Do the same for the Responders tab: click on the Refresh responders button. Refer to the online Cortex documentation for further details.

Update TheHive Report Templates

If you are using TheHive, you must import the new report templates in your instance as follows:

  • download the updated package
  • log in TheHive using an administrator account
  • go to Admin > Report templates` menu
  • click on Import templates button and select the downloaded package

Running Into Trouble?

Shall you encounter any difficulty, please join our user forum, contact us on Gitter, or send us an email at support@thehive-project.org. We will be more than happy to help!

Cortex-Analyzers 2.7.0: 5 Analyzers, 1 Responder

Good morning (or evening if you are on that side of the planet) folks!

We had a very busy week, packed with announcements. First, we released TheHive 4.0-RC2 which you’ve certainly taken to test, then we announced two patch releases for TheHive 3.4. And guess what? Here are some additional Cortex analyzers, a responder and a number of fixes and improvements for existing ones, bringing the total to a whopping 146 analyzers and 18 responders!

New Analyzers

New Responders

Analyzers

ANY.RUN

ANY.RUN is a malware sandbox service in the cloud. By using this analyzer, an analyst can submit a suspicious file or URL to the service for analysis and get a report. The report can contain various information such as:

  • Interactive access
  • Research threats by filter in public submissions
  • File and URL dynamic analysis
  • Mitre ATT&CK mapping
  • Detailed malware reports
ANY.RUN short report
ANY.RUN long report

CyberChef

CyberChef is a simple, intuitive web app for carrying out all manner of “cyber” operations within a web browser. These operations include simple encoding like XOR or Base64, more complex encryption like AES, DES and Blowfish, creating binary and hexdumps, compression and decompression of data, calculating hashes and checksums, IPv6 and X.509 parsing, changing character encodings, and much more.

This analyzer connects to a CyberChef-server and comes in 3 flavors:

  • CyberChef_FromBase64, that takes Base64 strings as input for CyberChef-server
  • CyberChef_FromCharCode, that takes CharCode as input for CyberChef-server and run this recipe
  • CyberChef_FromHex, that takes Hex strings as input for CyberChef-server

TheHive displays the analyzer results as follows:

CyberChef short report
image
CyberChef long report

MalwareBazaar

MalwareBazaar is a project from abuse.ch with the goal of sharing malware samples with the infosec community, AV vendors and threat intelligence providers.

This analyzer allows analysts to query the API of this service on observables of types ip, domain, fqdn, url, and hash.

TheHive displays the analyzer results as follows:

MalwareBazaar short report
MalwareBazaar long report

OpenCTI

OpenCTI is an open source platform allowing organisations to manage their Cyber Threat Intelligence knowledge and observables. It has been created in order to structure, store, organise and visualise technical and non-technical information about cyber threats.

This analyzer allows an analyst to query the API and request for information about observables of types domain, ip, url, fqdn, uri_path, user-agent, hash, email, mail, mail_subject, registry, regexp, filename and other.

TheHive displays the analyzer results as follows:

OpenCTI short report
OpenCTI long report

MISPWarningLists reloaded (need for speed aka DB support)

The previous version of this analyzer basically used to clone the MISP Warning lists repository and do a lookup in downloaded files. This can be very long to complete.

This new version introduces the optional support of PostgreSQL:

  • To store warning lists, in a similar way to the NSRL (National Software Reference Library) Analyzer.
  • Make lookups through these lists faster.

If you want to benefit from the performance boost, using a PostgreSQL server to store the data, you can simply install the requirements.txt, feed the database and configure the connection in the configuration as well:

  • First, sync with the misp-warninglists GitHub repository
  • In the analyzer folder, use the program warninglists_create_db.py to import the warning lists in PostgreSQL. Before running, edit the program file and update the path of where your lists are stored (warninglists_path = "misp-warninglists/**/list.json")
  • You can schedule these jobs (ex. with cron): first, sync a folder with the repository, and then run the program to update the database.

Once done, configure the analyzer with the conn parameter to connect to the database, or, if you prefer to continue using the previous behaviour and do your lookups in files, just specify the path of the folder:

MISPWarningList Configuration example

Templates have also been updated, and TheHive displays the analyzer results as follows:

MISPWarningList short report
MISPWarningList long report

Responders

RT4-CreateTicket

RT4 (Request Tracker) is a ticketing system. With this responder, an analyst can create a ticket in RT. CaseID is submitted to RT as a reference.

Unfortunately, like for some other analyzers and responders, we have not been able to test this responder on our side. Please feel free to share your feedback with us and also with Michael Davis, who we would like to thank for the hard work and for having shared this responder with the community.

Fixes and Improvements

  • Fix Inconsistent Key References in Shodan Analyzer (#748)
  • Fix SSL & python3 for Yeti Analyzer (#468 , #708)
  • Fix bug in Emlparser Analyzer (#730)
  • Fix in Shodan Analyzer: Inconsistent Key References (#748)
  • Support python3 in DNSDB Analyzer (#613)
  • Support APIKey for EmailRep Analyzer (#750)
  • Improvement: EmlParser now extracts some useful IOCs (#710)

Get It While Supply Lasts!

If you are still using the old-style way of installing analyzers and responders, run the following commands:

cd path/to/Cortex-Analyzers
git pull
for I in analyzers/*/requirements.txt; do sudo -H pip3 install -U -r $I || true; done
for I in responders/*/requirements.txt; do sudo -H pip3 install -U -r $I || true; done

Once done, ensure to refresh your analyzers and responders in the Cortex WebUI. Connect as an orgadmin and go to the Organization menu. Click on the Analyzers tab and click on the Refresh analyzers button. Do the same for the Responders tab: click on the Refresh responders button. Refer to the online Cortex documentation for further details.

Update TheHive Report Templates

If you are using TheHive, you must import the new report templates in your instance as follows:

  • download the updated package
  • log in TheHive using an administrator account
  • go to Admin > Report templates` menu
  • click on Import templates button and select the downloaded package

Running Into Trouble?

Shall you encounter any difficulty, please join our user forum, contact us on Gitter, or send us an email at support@thehive-project.org. We will be more than happy to help!

Cortex-Analyzers 2.6.0: 146 Analyzers, 18 Responders

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we managed to release Cortex-Analyzers 2.6.0, which includes 4 new Analyzers, 2 new Responders, and a large number of bug fixes and improvements.

We’d like to thank all the contributors for their awesome work!

We truly appreciate the time they generously give away for helping our fellow cyberdefenders out there protect their environments against attackers who are also in lockdown mode. Attackers who, instead of playing board games or chess, are playing with our nerves and the hordes of teleworkers who are willing to click on anything that provide the ‘latest and greatest COVID-19 information’ or which can help them do their jobs (like this wonderful ‘Zoon’ video-conferencing application 😋).

Les Temps modernes - Film (1936) - SensCritique
Source: senscritique.com

What’s New?

New Analyzers

New Responders

Analyzers

DomainTools Iris

The Investigate flavour was missing from the DomainToolsIris analyzer that was included in Cortex-Analyzers 2.4.0. This is now fixed. This new flavour can be used to gather interesting information on a domain.

TheHive displays the analyzer results as follows:

DomainToolsIris_Investigate short reports
DomainToolsIris_Investigate long report

IntezerCommunity

Intezer Analyze™ is a cloud-based malware analysis service that provides an extensive understanding of any executable file by comparing code on a massive scale to a comprehensive database of malware and trusted software. 

This analyzer can be used to submit a file to the Intezer service for analysis.

TheHive displays the analyzer results as follows:

IntezerCommunity short report
IntezerCommunity long report

NSRL

The National Software Reference Library (NSRL) is designed to collect software from various sources and incorporate file profiles computed from this software into a Reference Data Set (RDS) of information. The RDS can be used by law enforcement, government, and industry organisations to review files on a computer by matching file profiles in the RDS. This will help alleviate much of the effort involved in determining which files are important as evidence on computers or file systems that have been seized as part of criminal investigations.

In order to use this analyzer, you must download and extract NSRLFile files from the NIST website. You can pick multiple files but you need to rename them in order to understand which file contains the required information.

All files are called NSRLFile.txt, renaming them permit to understand in which file the record has been found.

The analyzer can operate in 2 different ways with 2 completely different performance profiles (we’re speaking around 30 secs vs 0.05 sec):

  1. lookup in plain files
  2. lookup in a database

If you are planning to use this analyzer for many searches, then the second option is suggested and we provide a script to help you parse, validate and insert data in a PostgreSQL database. If you choose this option, consider that the DB size can be around 4 times bigger than plain files.

NSRL Lookup short template
NSRL Lookup long report

UrlScan.io

The URLScan.io analyzer has been updated with a new Scan flavour. Until now, this analyzer allowed to request report regarding a url, domain, fqdn observable. With this new flavour, anyone with a valid API key, which can be obtained for free, can request a scan on observables of the same type.

UrlScan.io short template
UrlScan.io long template

Responders

DomainToolsIris_CheckMaliciousTags

Depending on the reports generated by the DomainToolsIris analyzer, this responder adds a tag at the Case and Observable level if something malicious is found. This responder can be updated to add more custom actions depending on your needs and environment.

DomainToolsIris_AddRiskyDNSTag

Depending on on the reports generated by the DomainToolsIris analyzer, this responder adds a tag at the Case and Observable level if one of the domain observables is considered risky. This responder can be updated to add more custom actions depending on your needs and environment.

Fixes and Improvements

  • Improve TalosReputation analyzer (#521)
  • MISP WarningList analyzer fixed (#538)
  • Error fixed in ThreatCrowd (#518)
  • Encoding related bug fixed in Mailer 1_0 (#573)
  • API has changed: temporary fix for Crt_sh_Transparency_Logs_1_0 (#594)
  • Analyzers missing cortexutils in requirements (#695)
  • New mime types for Office documents in FileInfo (#705)
  • UmbrellaBlacklister analyzer now support fqdn and url observables (#547)
  • URLHaus analyzer support fqdn observables (#556)
  • Abuselpdb now support APIv2 (#618)

Get It While Supply Lasts!

If you are still using the old-style way of installing analyzers and responders, run the following commands:

cd path/to/Cortex-Analyzers
git pull
for I in analyzers/*/requirements.txt; do sudo -H pip3 install -U -r $I || true; done
for I in responders/*/requirements.txt; do sudo -H pip3 install -U -r $I || true; done

Once done, ensure to refresh your analyzers and responders in the Cortex WebUI. Connect as an orgadmin and go to the Organization menu. Click on the Analyzers tab and click on the Refresh analyzers button. Do the same for the Responders tab: click on the Refresh responders button. Refer to the online Cortex documentation for further details.

Update TheHive Report Templates

If you are using TheHive, you must import the new report templates in your instance as follows:

  • download the updated package
  • log in TheHive using an administrator account
  • go to Admin > Report templates` menu
  • click on Import templates button and select the downloaded package

Running Into Trouble?

Shall you encounter any difficulty, please join our user forum, contact us on Gitter, or send us an email at support@thehive-project.org. We will be more than happy to help!

Cortex-Analyzers 2.5.0: 142 Analyzers, 16 Responders

Shortly after the release of Cortex-Analyzers 2.4.0, TheHive Project’s code Chefs are happy to announce Cortex-Analyzers 2.5.0, a new Cortex analyzer & responder release which brings the total to 142 analyzers and 16 responders, up from 138 and 10 respectively!

We’d like to thank all the contributors for their precious work which will certainly provide more options to fellow cyber defenders and cyber threat intelligence analysts for improving their efficiency and focus on what really matters.

Source: https://dilbert.com/strip/2007-08-03

What’s New?

New Analyzers

New Responders

Analyzers

Clamav

Clamav is a powerful and open source antivirus engine that allows writing custom signatures using Yara and sigtool. @Hestat contributed with this analyzer that permits to TheHive to communicate with a local clamav-daemon.

A detailed configuration guide is available on Hetstat’s website.

Clamav short report for safe and malicious samples

IPVoid

Contributed by @jdsnape, this analyzer leverages the IP reputation check of apivoid.com, the API of www.ipvoid.com. As you can probably guess by its name, this analyzer can be used to enrich ip observables.

In order to use this analyzer, an account and a valid subscription to apivoid.com are required. An API key needs then to be provided.

TheHive displays the analyzer results as follows:

IPVoid analyzer short report
IPVoid analyzer long report

ThreatResponse

This analyzer lets you leverage the Cisco Threat Response service. Query Threat Response for verdicts and sightings for observables of type domain, filename, fqdn, hash (MD5, SHA1, SHA256), ip and url.

The analyser report lets you pivot into a Threat Response investigation of an observable.

Combining it with AMP for Endpoints Responder

It will extract the connector GUIDs as new observables to enable seamless use of the AMP for Endpoints Responder if a target is returned from the AMP for Endpoints module. It requires the AMP for Endpoints module to be configured in Threat Response.

A valid Cisco ThreatResponse subscription is required, and you have to provide your client ID and password information to use this analyzer.

TheHive displays the analyzer results as follows:

ThreatResponse analyzer short report
ThreatResponser analyzer long report

ThreatGrid

This analyzer queries Cisco Threat Grid for file, url, or hash and deliver analysis report. It also lets you pivot into the Threat Grid report to access more information related to Behavioral indicators or TCP/IP stream.

A valid Cisco Threat Grid subscription is required, and you have to provide hostname and api key to use this analyzer.

TheHive displays the analyzer results as follows:

ThreatGrid analyzer short report
ThreatGrid analyzer long report

Responders

AMPForEndpoints

This responders performs several actions on Cisco AMP for Endpoints. It comes in 5 flavors:

  • AMPforEndpoints_IsolationStart: Start Host Isolation.
  • AMPforEndpoints_IsolationStop: Stop Host Isolation.
  • AMPforEndpoints_MoveGUID: Move Connector GUID to a new group.
  • AMPforEndpoints_SCDAdd: Add SHA256 to a Simple Custom Detection List. TheHive’s case ID and description are appended to the description
  • AMPforEndpoints_SCDRemove: Remove SHA256 from a Simple Custom Detetion List.

A valid Cisco AMP for Endpoints subscription is required, and you have to provide the client id, api key and several context information to use this responder.

Redmine

Redmine is a free and open source, web-based project management and issue tracking tool. It allows users to manage multiple projects and associated subprojects. 

This responder, contribuited by srilumpa, can be used to create an issue in the Redmine ticketing system from a case. It will use the case title as the issue subject and the case description as the issue body.

To set it up in Cortex, you will need:

  • To define a user to allow Cortex to connect to Redmine and with access to the various projects in which issues should be created
  • Define three custom fields in TheHive that will be used to select the project, the tracker and, optionally, the assignee of the issue. These fields can be free form or can be custom fields with preset values.
Custom fields in TheHive for Redmine integration

At the moment the responder has few capabilities. If you need any other integration feel free to discuss on the pull issue.

Cortex responder output and corresponding issue in Redmine

Fixes

  • Umbrella Investigate [#698]

Get It While Supply Lasts!

If you are still using the old-style way of installing analyzers and responders, run the following commands:

cd path/to/Cortex-Analyzers
git pull
for I in analyzers/*/requirements.txt; do sudo -H pip3 install -U -r $I || true; done
for I in responders/*/requirements.txt; do sudo -H pip3 install -U -r $I || true; done

Once done, ensure to refresh your analyzers and responders in the Cortex WebUI. Connect as an orgadmin and go to the Organization menu. Click on the Analyzers tab and click on the Refresh analyzers button. Do the same for the Responders tab: click on the Refresh responders button. Refer to the online Cortex documentation for further details.

Update TheHive Report Templates

If you are using TheHive, you must import the new report templates in your instance as follows:

  • download the updated package
  • log in TheHive using an administrator account
  • go to Admin > Report templates` menu
  • click on Import templates button and select the downloaded package

Running Into Trouble?

Shall you encounter any difficulty, please join our user forum, contact us on Gitter, or send us an email at support@thehive-project.org. We will be more than happy to help!

Mum, Docker Docks Don’t Dock Well!

Soon after we released Cortex-Analyzers 2.4.0, Jérôme noticed that something was definitely wrong. And that something was plural.

As he set to retest a few things here and there, he realised that many docker images, for the latest and greatest analyzers and responders, were not automatically built. The code factory wasn’t working 😰

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/8021817@N07/6262431675

So he started digging. And the more he dug, the more bugs he discovered. Our user community also reported a few issues. He thought it was about time he opens that bottle of Aloxe-Corton, put a Makaya McCraven album to play on his turntable, and rolls his sleeves to address all these problems headfirst 🍷

After a few hours of intense work, he managed to fix the docker build process and release Cortex-Analyzers 2.4.1, a hotfix that corrects the following issues:

  • [#545] Message extraction using FileInfo doesn’t always work
  • [#610] The VirusTotal analyzer contains a typo which prevents it from running
  • [#614] Many analyzers fail to run due to incorrect permissions
  • [#619] Abuse Finder not working with docker after force usage of python3
  • [#620] Missing library prevented the build of the docker image corresponding to the new MalwareClustering analyzer

Finally, he took the opportunity to rename Palo Alto AUTOFOCUS analyzers to Autofocus, for consistency purposes.

Please refer to our previous blog post, pertaining to Cortex-Analyzers 2.4.0, for update instructions.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and happy cyberfighting! 💪🏼

TheHiveFS

TheHive Project’s Code Chefs, sweating under their toques, are working hard to deliver TheHive 4 as soon as feasible. The current target release date for the 1st release candidate (4.0-RC1) is Friday Feb 28, 2020.

While TheHive 4 will be the first release to support graph databases, multi-tenancy and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), it will also have a nifty feature that can simplify the incident response and digital forensics workflows of our fellow cyberdefenders: TheHiveFS.

What is TheHiveFS?

Starting from TheHive 4, TheHive can be ‘mounted’ as a remote, WebDAV filesystem. The filesystem can be securely mounted if SSL/TLS is enabled.

Thanks to TheHiveFS, you can quickly access all files stored in TheHive directly from your investigation machine. This can speed up the time needed to triage and analyse evidence. 

What Types of Files Can I Access through TheHiveFS?

You can access, in read-only mode, all files attached to task logs and all observables which datatype is file, as long as you are allowed to do so. Indeed, TheHive 4 comes with RBAC so if, for example, you are not allowed to view a case or some file observables in a case, you won’t be able to access them using TheHiveFS, the same way as if you are using the WebUI.

Screenshot showing an analyst accessing file observables and files associated to tasks of case #40 using TheHiveFS

How Can I Mount TheHiveFS?

Assuming you have a WebDAV client, such as davfs2, use the following command line:

$ sudo mount -t davfs -o noexec https://myhiveinstance:9001/fs /mnt/dav/

You can also point your graphical file manager to:

dav(s)://myhiveinstance:9001/fs

You will need to authenticate using your username and password as if you were connecting to TheHive’s WebUI.

Mom, I’ve Just Stepped on a Landmine

Beware folks. When you download a file observable using TheHive’s WebUI, it will conveniently create a password-protected ZIP archive before handing you the file. This way, we avoid accidental double clicks that may lead to the infection and compromise of your workstation, which might reflect bad on you or force you to offer breakfast the next morning to all your fellow teammates.

There is no such protection if you use TheHiveFS. Let us repeat this so it sinks: there is no such protection if you use TheHiveFS.

If you mount TheHive’s filesystem and open by accident or by a great deal of will, as a true, hardcore fan of Russian roulette, a file observable that is in fact malware courtesy of your favourite bear, kitten, panda or eagle, you can’t blame your friendly bees. But we will empathise (and our empathy level is directly correlated to the amount of pains au chocolat you send our way).

You’ve been warned.

That Sounds Awesome! When Can I Try It?

As written above, you will be able to try TheHiveFS as soon as TheHive 4.0-RC1 is released and that’s currently planned for the end of February 2020.

You can cry, beg, try to bribe us with VC money, make the line at 3:00 AM in front of TheHive Store (there ain’t no such store, we are not Apple), this will not make us work any faster. But you can always cheer us up, hug us or just thank us. This means a lot to us and to the free, open source software flame we carry deep within our souls.

One More Thing…

While we aren’t Apple, we can mimic Steve to share one more information that will make TheHiveFS even more interesting by Q3-Q4 2020. We plan to add support for large file management in TheHive 4.1, the next major version after 4.0 as would Captain Obvious say. Thanks to this feature, you will be able to upload memory and disk images to TheHive and if your Internet line breaks, the upload will resume automatically. 

That’s all folks!

TheHive 3.3-RC2, Hot out of the Oven

TheHive Project’s code Chefs, dressed in their outright haute cuisine outfit, including the traditional toque blanche, have been quite busy lately, working on dockerizing all the Cortex analyzers (more on this later in an upcoming post), and doing tedious work to prepare the replacement of Elasticsearch by a GraphDB which will help us finally release much-awaited features such as multi-tenancy, delayed for way too many months (yeah, yeah, don’t chastise them but feel free to help them). In the meantime, they found enough bandwidth to release a new major version of TheHive.

Version 3.3, currently a release candidate includes several bug fixes and many new features as outlined below. Please note that TheHive 3.3-RC2 is beta software. As all our other release candidates, you can grab it from the pre-release, beta repositories. As usual, we would truly appreciate your help making it a great stable release by testing it as thoroughly as possible and reporting back any bugs or issues you encounter so we can address them before the final release.

Check TheHive Installation guide for further details.

Wait! Where’s RC1?

TheHive 3.3-RC1 was very short-lived. Few hours after its release, and thanks to Chris (a.k.a. crackytsi on GitHub), Thomas Franco, our back-end mastermind, discovered an issue with the Debian 8 and Debian 9 packages.

New Features

  • #836: add a new exportCaseTags parameter to the MISP configuration section. If set to true, all the tags associated with a case will be exported along with it to MISP.
  • #861: add support for Java higher than 8, such as OpenJDK 11.
  • #271: bulk merge alerts into a case. Select multiple alerts at once and create a single case out of them or merge them into an existing case using its ID.
  • #824: add ability to sort alerts by reference, status, type, source…
  • #826: when previewing an alert, there are sometimes no overlap with an existing case. However, an analyst might already know, thanks to HI (Human Intelligence), that the alert should be merged into a specific case. This is now possible thanks to a new button.
  • #769: improve case template selection for case creation. If you have defined a large set of case templates, you will be able to sort/filter to find the case you want to use when creating a New Case.
New case template selector
  • #657: add observable tags auto-completion. Contributed by Tyler Chong (Thanks!).
Observable tag auto-completion

Fixed Bugs

  • #864: do not return a session cookie when making an API call.
  • #856: there was a bug where after a followed alert PATCH, if the alert has already been promoted to a case, the case is not updated. Now, if the alert has follow=true, if it gets updated, its status is set to Updated and the related case is updated too.
  • #845: assigned but unstarted tasks were not showing up in My Tasks.
  • #844: enable user account locking through the Delete API endpoint.

Stuck?

Something does not work as expected? You have troubles installing or upgrading? No worries, please join our user forum, contact us on Gitter, or send us an email at support@thehive-project.org. We are here to help.

TheHive 3.2.0-RC1: The MISP Love Edition

Guess what? Our integration with MISP, the de facto standard for threat sharing, has just gotten better with our latest beta release: TheHive 3.2.0-RC1.

While you could synchronize TheHive with one or multiple MISP instances in earlier versions and select events using filters like their age, the number of attributes they contain or exclude those which are created by specific organisations or contain one or several black-listed tags, 3.2.0-RC1 adds the ability to whitelist tags, thus limiting the events that would show up in TheHive’s Alerts pane to only those which have been tagged with labels your SOC/CSIRT/CERT needs to act on. This can be very useful for example if your Cyber Threat Intelligence analysts pre-select or create events in MISP and tag for SOC consumption those that need to be acted on.

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TheHive, Cortex, MISP: The Power DFIR & CTI Trio

To use this feature, use the whitelist.tags parameter in the MISP section of TheHive’s application.conf as described in the documentation.

This new version also adds the ability to create dashboards out of responder actions, log responder operations, and offers a confirmation dialog before running a responder to avoid noob over-clicks and errors made by seasoned incident handlers running low on caffeine.

TheHive 3.2.0-RC1 will also show you the description of an observable if any while hovering over one in the Observables tab. You can also see observable tags when previewing an alert in the Alerts pane.

Last but not least, some users reported severe problems when they enabled TLS/SSL directly on TheHive without resorting to a reverse proxy such as NGINX. Blame that on the crappy TLS support in Play framework ;-). So we highly recommend using a reverse proxy for that purpose, and delegate authentication to it if you are relying on X.509 authentication, as TheHive 3.2.0-RC1 allows you to. Please check the Single Sign-On on TheHive with X.509 Certificates guide for further information.

For additional details on this release, please check the full changelog.

Warning Capt’n Robinson!

The RC in 3.2.0-RC1 stands for Release Candidate. Please help us make a great stable release out of it by testing it as thoroughly as possible and reporting back any bugs or issues you encounter so we can address them before the final release. You’ll find this release candidate in the pre-release, beta repositories.

Please check TheHive Installation guide for further details.

You got a problem?

Something does not work as expected? You have troubles installing or upgrading? Spotted new bugs? No worries, please open issues on GitHub or comment on existing ones, join our user forum, contact us on Gitter, or send us an email at support@thehive-project.org. We are here to help.

TheHive4py 1.5.1 Released

When you need to interact with TheHive’s REST API and you ain’t shy of working with Python, TheHive4py is the way to go. It’s a free, open source library we provide to allow you to easily create alert feeders, automate certain tasks like creating cases, assign them to analysts and much more. For example, Synapse, DigitalShadows2TH and Zerofox2TH leverage the library to send alerts to your favourite SIRP/SOAR.

Sometime ago, we decided that it was time to overhaul the whole library and we began working on version 2.0.0 which will be easier to use. It should also support the full set of TheHive’s REST API calls. In the meantime we decided to release version 1.5.0, shortly followed by version 1.5.1 to support some new functionality contributed by our user community and correct a few issues.

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New Features Introduced in 1.5.0

Bugfixes Introduced in 1.5.0

  • #80: Prevent max recursion depth exceeded error, contributed by Psynbiotik

New Features Introduced in 1.5.1

Important note: TheHive4py 1.5.1 does not work with TheHive 3.0.10 or earlier versions. Please stick with 1.5.0 if you are using those versions.

Updating/Installing

To update your existing package:

$ sudo pip install thehive4py --upgrade

If you are just getting started with TheHive4py, you can forgo the --upgrade at the end of the command above.

But I just Wanna Play!

If you’d like to play around with TheHive4py 1.5.1, TheHive 3.1.1., Cortex4py 2.0.1 and Cortex 2.1.1, please download the training VM.

Paris? Are you There?

Shall you encounter any difficulty, please join our  user forum, contact us on Gitter, or send us an email at support@thehive-project.org. As usual, we’ll be more than happy to help!

Correction: October 12, 2018
As reported by Robin Hahling, TheHive 1.5.1 does not work with TheHive 3.0.10 or earlier versions.

How to Cruise Ocean Threat Without Sinking Using TheHive 3.1 & Cortex 2.1

Paris, France. The Sun is shining on the city of lights and temperatures are quite high, even for the summer season. Life is good. As a matter of fact, life is excellent.

TheHive Master Cooks are about to go on vacation for a few weeks. But before they pack up their Patagonia bags and leave the sandy beaches for those who enjoy them, preferring mountains, trails, walking and breathing fresh air with family and friends, they would like to make a significant contribution to help TheHive and Cortex users fight cyberattacks even better than they already do. And maybe convince those who don’t that free, open source software is not a joke or a geek fad.

We’d like to welcome to the stage our latest babies, which we are really proud of: TheHive 3.1 and Cortex 2.1, the new versions of the power duo which make digital forensics, incident response and, to an extent, cyber threat intelligence, better, faster, happier, regular exercising (well you know the Radiohead song so we’ll let you continue singing along) since early 2017.

While our project might seem very young, it is not. We’ve been working steadily on TheHive, using it (i.e. eating our own dog food) since early 2014 before releasing it at the end of 2016 once we were satisfied with it, as a token of gratitude to a community that helped us due our jobs in various ways. We then extracted what has become Cortex from its core to ship it as a separate product in February 2017. And we kept improving them at a steady piece for the collective benefit of incident responders, forensicators and threat analysts. And adoption has been rather spectacular. Thanks to all of our users for their love and support!

We believe we are at a moment where people could not brush us off anymore as amateurs. Try TheHive and Cortex, preferably with MISP and get a taste of what professional, free and open source software can be.

TheHive 3.1 and Cortex 2.1 are feature-packed and we won’t be able to cover them all in detail in a single blog post. Rather, we’d like to concentrate on a few important ones.

Stable, Pre-release Channels and New Repositories

We’d like to point out that, in order to improve our release process and given the number of features that we added, TheHive 3.1 and Cortex 2.1 are release candidates at this stage. So we encourage you to test them and report back any bugs or issues you encounter so we can address them and make the final releases as rock-solid as possible.

We have now two release channels: a stable one that should be used for production systems and a pre-release channel that should be used to try the release candidates such as TheHive 3.1-RC1 and Cortex 2.1-RC1, the subjects of this blog post, and help us iron out bugs before adding them to the stable channel. Those who love living on the bleeding edge may be tempted by running the release candidates on their production environment given all the candy and icing we added. They are at liberty of doing so but we don’t want to hear anyone one whining about an RC that broke everything and asking for their money back grin.

We also moved our package and binary repositories to https://bintray.com/thehive-project and Docker images are now under thehiveproject.

Please check TheHive Installation and Cortex Installation guides for further details.

MISP with a Purpose

In previous releases of TheHive, whenever you configured a MISP instance, it was used to import events from and export cases to. Starting from TheHive 3.1.0, we added a purpose to the configuration file. By default, any added MISP instance will be used for import and export (ImportAndExport). However you can configure it to be used for importing events only (ImportOnly) or exporting cases only (ExportOnly).

Extended Events

When an analyst attempts to update a MISP event on which the account used by TheHive to connect to the MISP instance is not part of the original author’s organization, previous versions of TheHive will display a you do not have permission to do that error produced by MISP. Starting from TheHive 3.1, analysts have the ability to create a MISP extended event.

Task Grouping

Case tasks can now be associated with task groups. For example, you could create groups called Identification and Malware Analysis, Containment and Communication and add tasks to them. Of course, this new feature can be used when designing case templates as well.

Import Observables from Analyzer Output

If analyzers produce a set of artifacts in their output (which is the case of several existing ones), TheHive will give you the ability to select those artifacts very easily and add them to your case as observables.

ZIP File Upload

Austin Haigh contributed an important feature which will allow analysts to directly import password-protected ZIP files into a case. The code uses the supplied password when adding the archive to extract its contents and add them one by one to the existing set of observables. This is highly practical when you want to add suspicious files without risking an accidental click which would compromise your endpoint or having to unzip archives containing such files first then add them one by one to TheHive.

Revamped Search Page

The search page has been completely revamped as shown in the screenshot below:

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The New Search Page

You can now select your search scope (cases, tasks, observables, alerts, analyser reports a.k.a. jobs or even the audit logs), apply filters and search TheHive without having to resort to complex, mind numbing Lucene syntax.

Responders and PAP

Last but not least, TheHive and Cortex offer you response capabilities (i.e. perform an action depending on the context) thanks to a new breed of programs called … wait for it … wait for it … responders. TADA!

Responders are very similar to analyzers. In fact we’ve taken the concept and extended it to apply to different elements in TheHive: alerts, cases, tasks, task logs, and observables of course.

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Responders in Action

You can reuse almost the same principles that apply to analyzers to write your own responders and if you are feeling generous, contribute them to the community. To give you a head start, we published a sample Mailer responder which, when customized for your environment, should allow you to send emails to inform your fellow analysts that a case has been created and that their help is required. Another example could be the ability to respond to a suspicious email report from a user, which is displayed as an alert, that they can safely ignore the corresponding email.

Like an analyzer, a responder can have two or more service interaction files (or flavors) to allow it to perform different actions. For example, a Mailer responder can send messages using several body templates.

Thanks to our long-time friend Andras Iklody from MISP Project who brought that to our attention, responders (and analyzers starting from Cortex 2.1) support PAP, the Permissible Actions Protocol.

Running into Troubles?

Something does not work as expected? You have troubles installing or upgrading? Spotted new bugs? No worries, please open issues on GitHub or comment on existing ones, join our user forum, contact us on Gitter, or send us an email at support@thehive-project.org. We are here to help.