18.8 Global Log Aggregation

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A chapter on log analysis would be incomplete without a word on global log aggregation. Several organizations and companies collect logfiles from everybody willing to share them, and then they analyze the data en mass . SANS's Dshield.org (http://www.dshield.org), MyNetWatchMan's Watchman (http://www.mynetwatchman.com), and Symantec's DeepSight Analyzer ( https ://analyzer.securityfocus.com) collect various logs from devices ranging in diversity from personal firewalls to enterprise firewalls and intrusion detection systems. These services provide various web interfaces for data analysis and viewing. In addition, if they detect suspicious activities, most of them alert the offender's ISP on your behalf , possibly causing the attacker to lose his account.

The benefit of such services is for the community, not for individual users. Aggregating vast amounts of log data allows these organizations to detect threats to the Internet early in their course. We saw this in action when the Dshield folks detected the spread of CodeRed in 2001 and the ascent of the MSSQL worm in 2002. A geometrically growing number of port accesses (80 for CodeRed and 1433 for the SQL worm) suggested that an automated attack agent was on the loose. This early-warning system allows security analysts to capture and study the worms and to suggest countermeasures before they get out of hand. We recommend that you consider one of these services (preferably a nonproprietary one) in order to get more familiar with your log data and to contribute to a more secure Internet.

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Security Warrior
Security Warrior
ISBN: 0596005458
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 211

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