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Detecting cloud federated credential abuse in AWS


You need to be able to detect events that indicate abuse of cloud federated credentials. These credentials are usually extracted from endpoint desktops or servers that provide federation services. Identity federation relies on objects such as Oauth2 tokens, cookies, or SAML assertions in order to provide seamless access between cloud and perimeter environments. If these objects are either hijacked or forged, then attackers are able to pivot into your cloud environment.

This use case contains searches that detect abnormal processes which may indicate the extraction of federated directory objects such as passwords, Oauth2 tokens, certificates, and keys, as well as searches relating to AWS specific events.

How to use Splunk software for this use case

To deploy this use case, make sure that you have the Splunk ES Content Updates installed on your Splunk Enterprise Security deployment. This extensive content library empowers you to deploy out-of-the-box security detections and analytic stories to enhance your investigations and improve your security posture. If you do not have Splunk Enterprise Security, these detections will still give you an idea of what you can accomplish with SPL in the Splunk platform or with the free app, Splunk Security Essentials.

Some of the detections that can help you with this use case include:

Next steps

Splunk Enterprise Security provides a number of other searches to help reinforce your cloud security posture, including:

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