Friday, September 15, 2017

Elastic Stack Alpha Release and Security Onion ISO Image!

UPDATED 2018/04/09! We've released a newer version!

We recently announced the first three technology previews of the Elastic stack on Security Onion:

We're excited to announce that our Elastic stack integration has now reached Alpha Release!  Part of this Alpha release is a new ISO image that contains these Alpha components.  This ISO image contains all the latest Ubuntu and Security Onion updates as of September 5, 2017!

Highlights of this Alpha Release

  • Upgraded from Elastic 5.5.0 to 5.5.2
  • All Elastic config files and scripts are now in a new package called securityonion-elastic ( from previous tech previews is no longer necessary)
  • In Kibana, the Squert and Logout links have been moved to the side panel
  • Kibana search now defaults to last 24 hours
  • Lots of cleanup and fixes
  • Elastic distributed deployments are implemented using cross cluster search
Distributed Deployment with Master Server and Two Sensors

You can learn more about this release by watching the State of the Onion talk at Security Onion Conference 2017.

Issues Resolved

Issue 1071: ISO image

Issue 1095: Elastic Stack Alpha Release

This new ISO image has been tested by Wes Lambert and Phil Plantamura.  Thanks, guys!

New Installations
I've updated the Verify_ISO page for the new ISO image:

Please remember to verify the signature of the downloaded ISO image using the instructions on that page.

Please note! This ISO image includes the EXPERIMENTAL Elastic stack!

The Elastic components are included in the ISO image and Setup gives you an option of Stable Setup (ELSA) or Experimental Setup (Elastic). If you do not want to try the new Elastic stack, you can choose Stable Setup.  If you choose Experimental Setup, the usual disclaimers and warnings apply!

  • If this breaks your system, you get to keep both pieces!
  • This is a work in progress and is in constant flux.
  • This is intended to build a quick prototype proof of concept so you can see what our ultimate Elastic configuration might look like.  This configuration will change drastically over time leading up to the final release.
  • Do NOT run this on a system that you care about!
  • Do NOT run this on a system that has data that you care about!
  • This should only be run on a TEST box with TEST data!
  • Experimental Setup may result in nausea, vomiting, or a burning sensation.

For more about this Elastic Alpha release, please see and the Screenshot tour at the bottom of this blog post.

Please note the following minimum hardware requirements for the Elastic stack:

  • 2 CPU cores
  • 8GB RAM

If you would prefer an ISO image with no Elastic components at all, you have a few options:

Existing Deployments
If you have existing installations based on a previous 14.04 ISO image, there is no need to download the new ISO image.  You can simply continue using our standard update process to install updated packages as they are made available:

Release Notes
For more information about this release, please see:

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Screenshot Tour
Experimental Setup configures the Elastic Stack

Choosing Experimental Setup displays Warnings and Disclaimers

Experimental Setup includes Evaluation Mode and Production Mode

Network Interface Selection

Creating Username

Creating Password

Confirming Password

Confirming Options

Squert and Logout links have been moved to Kibana Side Panel

Home (Overview) Dashboard

Alert Data - Bro Notices

Alert Data - ElastAlert

Alert Data - HIDS

Alert Data - NIDS

Bro Hunting - Connections

Bro Hunting - DCE/RPC

Bro Hunting - DHCP

Bro Hunting - DNP3

Bro Hunting - DNS 
Bro Hunting - Files

Bro Hunting - FTP

Bro Hunting - HTTP

Bro Hunting - Intel

Bro Hunting - IRC

Bro Hunting - Kerberos

Bro Hunting - Modbus

Bro Hunting - MySQL

Bro Hunting - NTLM

Bro Hunting - PE

Bro Hunting - RADIUS

Bro Hunting - RDP

Bro Hunting - RFB

Bro Hunting - SIP

Bro Hunting - SMB

Bro Hunting - SMTP

Bro Hunting - SNMP

Bro Hunting - Software

Bro Hunting - SSH

Bro Hunting - SSL

Bro Hunting - Syslog

Bro Hunting - Tunnels

Bro Hunting - Weird

Bro Hunting - X.509

Host Hunting - Autoruns

Host Hunting - OSSEC

Host Hunting - Sysmon

Other - Firewall

Other - Stats

Other - Syslog
Distributed Deployment with Master and 2 Sensors using Cross Cluster Search
UPDATE 2017/09/18 - Added link to State of the Onion talk at Security Onion Conference 2017

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