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What makes evidence uniquely valuable?

American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote that “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” All experienced security practitioners... Read more »

World’s first 100G Zeek sensor

As we finished rolling out Corelight’s v21 software release, which saw the delivery of the world’s first 100G, 1U Zeek sensor, I was reminded of when I’d first read the “100G Intrusion Detection” paper written in 2015 at Berkeley Lab. The paper... Read more »

Tracking down a glibc regression

We’d just upgraded our glibc package from 2.32 to 2.33, when we noticed some peculiar behavior. Glibc 2.32 had a number of minor security issues and needed to be patched or upgraded. Instead of back-porting the patches to 2.32 we decided to upgrade... Read more »

Detecting Zerologon (CVE-2020-1472) with Zeek

CVE-2020-1472 aka Zerologon, disclosed by Tom Tervoort of Secura, is an illustrative case study of how a small implementation mistake in cryptographic routines cascades into a privilege escalation vulnerability that allows an attacker to change the... Read more »

Meet the Corelight CTF tournament winners

This summer, Corelight hosted a virtual CTF tournament where hundreds of players raced to solve security challenges using Zeek data in Splunk and Elastic. After the preliminary rounds,  we invited the top performers back for a champions round and... Read more »

Together is faster: Zeek for vulnerabilities

“There is an open approach that is currently rippling across the infosec industry that could give defenders the acceleration they need.” – John Lambert (Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft)  Read more »

Ripple20 Zeek package open sourced

Recently, security research group JSOF released 19 vulnerabilities related to the “Treck” TCP/IP stack. This stack exists on many devices as part of the supply chain of many well known IoT/ICS/device vendors. Think 100s of millions/billions of... Read more »

Detecting GnuTLS CVE-2020-13777 using Zeek

CVE-2020-13777 is a high severity issue in GnuTLS. In a nutshell, GnuTLS versions between 3.6.4 (released 2018-09-24) and 3.6.14 (2020-06-03) have a serious bug in their session resumption code, which lets attackers either completely decrypt... Read more »

Day 1 detection: CVE-2020-0601, a community, and 40 lines of code

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, the world learned of the vulnerability du jour, CVE-2020-0601. As explained by Microsoft, “a spoofing vulnerability exists in the way Windows CryptoAPI (Crypt32.dll) validates Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC)... Read more »

A network engineer in a Zeek Week world

With almost two decades of networking experience, I recently made my first foray into a security-centric user conference at Zeek Week, an annual conference for the user community of the open source network security monitoring platform known as Zeek... Read more »

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