security onion set up part 3

Security Onion Set Up Part 3: Configuration of Version 14.04

Before we begin configuring Security Onion, it’s a good idea to get an Oinkcode from snort.org if you’re going to use Snort.

Snort can also use the Emerging Threat rulesets.

There are three options available to obtain an Oinkcode.

  1. Community Edition – the rules are updated every 30 days, no support – FREE
  2. Personal – the rules are released daily, can submit false positives, home network or educational environments only – $29.99 per year
  3. Business – the rules are updated daily, priority support for false positives and Talos (the parent company) will work directly with you, for use in businesses, colleges, government, etc. – $399 per sensor per year

Once you create an account and pay for a subscription or not, you can find the Oink code by clicking on the email address in the upper right-hand corner of the page then select Oinkcode. (more…)

The Dangers of Unsecured Amazon S3

The Dangers of Unsecured Amazon S3 Buckets and How to Find Them

In the world of Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Amazon Web Services have established themselves as a king with their “only pay for what you use” business model. Their affordable services are scale-able to fit any need, from a hobbyist that wishes to create a website all the way up to large multi-national corporations. One of Amazon Web Services most popular services, their S3 Simple Storage Service, when configured improperly, can quickly turn from a valuable asset, into a serious security vulnerability. (more…)

Cuckoo Sandbox

Cuckoo Sandbox Setup Tutorial

The Cuckoo Sandbox is an automated malware analysis sandbox where malware can be safely run to study its behavior. The benefits of setting up a Cuckoo Sandbox is immense. Having a private and an open source malware sandbox means that you can run any suspicious file without worrying about sensitive data being leaked to a public forum such as VirusTotal. Plus, this malware sandbox can be tailored toward your business security needs and tools. This guide will provide you with a basic installed and configured Cuckoo Sandbox to begin dynamically analyzing malware in a safe environment. (more…)

security onion primer

Security Onion Primer

If you read my article on Security Onion planning and the mention of Snort/Suricata, Bro, and ELSA left you with questions, or if you haven’t read my Security Onion (SO) planning article but are looking for explanations of the various detection and analysis tools then this is the article for you. This is a Security Onion primer, and not part of the installation and configuration series. (more…)