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Working with Roles in Windows Defender ATP

As with everything else we want to apply a least privilege access.

If you need permission to do X you should only have access to do X and not several other things.

That’s why you should define the roles and reponsibilities in your organization to make sure you can apply a least privilege strategy.

Many products supports RBAC and should be used.

Working with Roles in Windows Defender ATP is very simple. You can enable it in Settings menu.

Settings > Roles > Enable Roles

enableRoles

The Global administrator role is added by default and have full permissions which can’t be changed.

Creating Roles

It’s not a bad idea to create a few roles, even if it’s just ju who are the complete security team. One reason is organizational changes and one important reason is that we don’t want people to work as global administrators.

Create Role

In Settings > Permissions > Roles > Add Role

createrole

Assign Azure AD group to the role

aadgroups

 

One example of roles setup could be:

  • Viewonly – For managers, able to view data
  • ATP-Users – Teams working with ATP, run scans, threat remediation etc
  • ATP-Administrators – ATP Admins, change settings and manage security roles

Depending on your organization you might need more defined roles list.

Here is the permission list and sub items is what will be granted more specific to the role.

  • View Data
    • View Data
  • Alerts investigation
    • Manage alerts
    • Initiate automated investigations
    • Run scans
    • Collect investigation packages
    • Manage machine tags
  • Active remediation actions
    • Take responsive actions
    • Approve or dismiss pending remediation actions
  • Manage security settings
    • Configure alert suppression settings
    • Manage allowed/blocked lists for automation
    • Manage folder exclusions for automated (applies globally)
    • Onboard and offboard machines
    • Manage email notifications

Working with Machine Groups

To be able to separate duties even further and configure different automatic remediation rules for different Machines we have the Machine Groups features.

Machine Groups is a way to group onaboarded Machines based on Name, Domain, Machine Tag and Operating System.

machinegroup

When using the “Show preview” at the bottom of the configuration page, you can see which onboarded machines will added to the Group.

You can select automation level

  • Semi – Require approval for any remediation
  • Semi – Require approval for non-temp folders remediation
  • Semi – Require approval for core folders remediation
  • Full – Remediate threats automatically

And you can assign a Azure AD userg group with roles to the machine group

mg_usergroup

The Groups, depending on how you defined group membership rules, will be populated automatically.

change_preview

more information about Machine Groups can be found here:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-atp/machine-groups-windows-defender-advanced-threat-protection

more information about RBAC in WD ATP can be found here:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-atp/assign-portal-access-windows-defender-advanced-threat-protection

Happy Hunting!

/Sec-Labs R&D

 

 

 

Threat Hunting with Windows Defender ATP

A while ago Microsoft released the Threat Hunting capatibilities in WD ATP.

This is a great feature since you’re able to query a lot of things across your devices.

Example scenario:

Let’s say you receive IoC’s for an ongoing attack or investigate threat actors with known files or IP’s you can Query these IoC’s on both on-prem devices and devices which only exists on the internet and never in the office.

That’s one of the benefits of using cloud security services.

As we wrote in the last post it’s now possible to onboard older operating systems like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. There is also possible to onboard Linux systems and Macs

linux_mac_atp

Threat Hunting

hunting_atp

The hunting capatibilities in WD ATP involves running queries and you’re able to query almost everything which can happen in the Operating System.

If you’re familiar with Sysinternals Sysmon your will recognize the a lot of the data which you can query.

 

AlertEvents
AlertId, EventTime, MachineId, ComputerName, Severity, Category, Title, ActionType, FileName, SHA1, RemoteUrl, RemoteIP, ReportId

MachineInfo
EventTime, MachineId, ComputerName, ClientVersion, PublicIP, OSArchitecture, OSPlatform, OSBuild, IsAzureADJoined, LoggedOnUsers, MachineGroup, ReportId,

ProcessCreationEvents
EventTime, MachineId, ComputerName, ActionType, FileName, FolderPath, SHA1, SHA256, MD5, ProcessId, ProcessCommandLine, ProcessIntegrityLevel, ProcessTokenElevation, ProcessCreationTime, AccountDomain, AccountName, AccountSid, InitiatingProcessAccountDomain, InitiatingProcessAccountName, InitiatingProcessAccountSid, InitiatingProcessIntegrityLevel, InitiatingProcessTokenElevation, InitiatingProcessSHA1, InitiatingProcessSHA256, InitiatingProcessMD5, InitiatingProcessFileName, InitiatingProcessId, InitiatingProcessCommandLine, InitiatingProcessCreationTime, InitiatingProcessFolderPath, InitiatingProcessParentId, InitiatingProcessParentFileName, InitiatingProcessParentCreationTime, ReportId

NetworkCommunicationEvents
EventTime, MachineId, ComputerName, ActionType, RemoteIP, RemotePort, RemoteUrl, LocalIP, LocalPort, LocalIPType, RemoteIPType, InitiatingProcessSHA1, InitiatingProcessMD5, InitiatingProcessFileName, InitiatingProcessId, InitiatingProcessCommandLine, InitiatingProcessCreationTime, InitiatingProcessFolderPath, InitiatingProcessParentFileName, InitiatingProcessParentId, InitiatingProcessParentCreationTime, InitiatingProcessAccountDomain, InitiatingProcessAccountName, InitiatingProcessAccountSid, InitiatingProcessIntegrityLevel, InitiatingProcessTokenElevation, ReportId

FileCreationEvents
EventTime, MachineId, ComputerName, ActionType, FileName, FolderPath, SHA1, SHA256, MD5, FileOriginUrl, FileOriginReferrerUrl, FileOriginIP, InitiatingProcessAccountDomain, InitiatingProcessAccountName, InitiatingProcessAccountSid, InitiatingProcessMD5, InitiatingProcessSHA1, InitiatingProcessFolderPath, InitiatingProcessFileName, InitiatingProcessId, InitiatingProcessCommandLine, InitiatingProcessCreationTime, InitiatingProcessIntegrityLevel, InitiatingProcessTokenElevation, InitiatingProcessParentId, InitiatingProcessParentFileName, InitiatingProcessParentCreationTime, ReportId

RegistryEvents
EventTime, MachineId, ComputerName, ActionType, RegistryKey, RegistryValueType, RegistryValueName, RegistryValueData, PreviousRegistryValueName, PreviousRegistryValueData, InitiatingProcessAccountDomain, InitiatingProcessAccountName, InitiatingProcessAccountSid, InitiatingProcessSHA1, InitiatingProcessMD5, InitiatingProcessFileName, InitiatingProcessId, InitiatingProcessCommandLine, InitiatingProcessCreationTime, InitiatingProcessFolderPath, InitiatingProcessParentId, InitiatingProcessParentFileName, InitiatingProcessParentCreationTime, InitiatingProcessIntegrityLevel, InitiatingProcessTokenElevation, ReportId

LogonEvents
EventTime, MachineId, ComputerName, ActionType, AccountDomain, AccountName, AccountSid, LogonType, ReportId

ImageLoadEvents
EventTime, MachineId, ComputerName, ActionType, FileName, FolderPath, SHA1, MD5, InitiatingProcessAccountDomain, InitiatingProcessAccountName, InitiatingProcessAccountSid, InitiatingProcessIntegrityLevel, InitiatingProcessTokenElevation, InitiatingProcessSHA1, InitiatingProcessMD5, InitiatingProcessFileName, InitiatingProcessId, InitiatingProcessCommandLine, InitiatingProcessCreationTime, InitiatingProcessFolderPath, InitiatingProcessParentId, InitiatingProcessParentFileName, InitiatingProcessParentCreationTime, ReportId

MiscEvents
EventTime, MachineId, ComputerName, ActionType, FileName, FolderPath, SHA1, MD5, AccountDomain, AccountName, AccountSid, RemoteUrl, RemoteComputerName, ProcessCreationTime, ProcessTokenElevation, LogonId, RegistryKey, RegistryValueName, RegistryValueData, RemoteIP, RemotePort, LocalIP, LocalPort, FileOriginUrl, FileOriginIP, AdditionalFields, InitiatingProcessSHA1, InitiatingProcessSHA256, InitiatingProcessFileName, InitiatingProcessFolderPath, InitiatingProcessId, InitiatingProcessCommandLine, InitiatingProcessCreationTime, InitiatingProcessParentId, InitiatingProcessParentFileName, InitiatingProcessParentCreationTime, InitiatingProcessMD5, InitiatingProcessAccountDomain, InitiatingProcessAccountName, InitiatingProcessAccountSid, InitiatingProcessLogonId, ReportId

The query language is very similar to Splunk and adoption to these queries should be straight forward

ProcessCreationEvents
| where EventTime > ago(30d)
| where FileName in~ ("powershell.exe", "powershell_ise.exe")
| where ProcessCommandLine has "Net.WebClient"
or ProcessCommandLine has "DownloadFile"
or ProcessCommandLine has "Invoke-WebRequest"
or ProcessCommandLine has "Invoke-Shellcode"
or ProcessCommandLine has "Invoke-Mimikatz"
or ProcessCommandLine has "http:"
| project EventTime, ComputerName, InitiatingProcessFileName, FileName, ProcessCommandLine
| top 100 by EventTime

Use “Project” to select which columns you want in the output and you can export the result to a spreadsheet.

output

In the above example we ran a query to find malicious powershell commands being executed.

You can also, for example, query all powershell executions from Office applications

ProcessCreationEvents
| where EventTime > ago(14d)
| where ProcessCommandLine has "powershell"
| where InitiatingProcessFileName in~ ("winword.exe", "excel.exe", "powerpoint.exe")

You can also use the quick search to finns URL’s, File hashes, IPs

quick search

The output will show you hits in organization and prevalance world wide which will give you more indication of a threat.

When we search for a filehash we can also submit the file for deeper analysis.

Microsoft has a Github repositories to help you with example queries

https://github.com/Microsoft/WindowsDefenderATP-Hunting-Queries

Sharing Queries

When working in a team it’s a good idea to share your queries to let your colleagues to use your hunting queries.

sharing_queries

The language reference is available here
https://docs.loganalytics.io/docs/Language-Reference/

 

Happy Hunting!

 

/Sec-Labs R&D

Onboarding older Windows Versions to WD ATP

Today Microsoft announced  that it’s now possible to onboard older legacy operatingsystems to ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) when the public preview that is available.

  • Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 SP1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Even though we Always recommend using the latest versions there might be scenarios where you need the advanced detection and response capatibilities and  of ATP and it’s not possible to upgrade the machines.

The difference between Windows 10 and the older versions is that is not built-in and you have to install an Microsoft Monitoring agent which will connect to your workspace and report the sensor data.

Installing the agent

64-bit agent is available here:
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=828603

32-bit agent is available here:
https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=828604

When you have downloaded the setup file you extract it using “/c” parameter

Install command
setup.exe /qn NOAPM=1 ADD_OPINSIGHTS_WORKSPACE=1 OPINSIGHTS_WORKSPACE_AZURE_CLOUD_TYPE=0 OPINSIGHTS_WORKSPACE_ID= OPINSIGHTS_WORKSPACE_KEY= AcceptEndUserLicenseAgreement=1

The workspace ID and Key is available in your ATP Portal https://securitycenter.windows.com

 

The clients will connect to the service using HTTPS and can be a direct connection or through a proxy or OMS gateway.

Agent Resource Ports
*.oms.opinsights.azure.com 443
*.blob.core.windows.net 443
*.azure-automation.net 443
*.ods.opinsights.azure.com 443
winatp-gw-cus.microsoft.com 443
winatp-gw-eus.microsoft.com 443
winatp-gw-neu.microsoft.com 443
winatp-gw-weu.microsoft.com 443
winatp-gw-uks.microsoft.com 443
winatp-gw-ukw.microsoft.com 443

 

When your clients are configured you should start seeing them in the ATP console

As you may have noticed there’s a link to Azure ATP alerts where you can dig further on advanced attacks in your environment.

On the following link you can find more information about onboarding older Windows Versions to Defender ATP
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-atp/onboard-downlevel-windows-defender-advanced-threat-protection

Happy Hunting

 

/SEC-LABS R&D

 

 

Controlling Auto Forward Rules of Emails to avoid data leakage

Email Forwarding is a challenge when it comes to modern attacks, and it was recently used as one of the tools in a crimecase in Sweden. Basically the attackers forwarded all emails from the victims to themselves to be able to track the victims very easily and to gain insights and data for social engineering attacks. Multifactor auth via e-mail or password reset links where obtained and could easly be used to manipulate and gain access.

Email forwarding can be created in Outlook or the the web application (OWA) by the users or an attacker with access to a user account.

The solution for this is very easy.
You can block email forwarding and redirects in general and allow it where it’s necessary (if you do have that scenario).

Block autoforward domain wide for Office 365 using PowerShell:

Set-RemoteDomain Default -AutoForwardEnabled $false

It is possible to configure this on a per domain basis.
For instance, if you need to allow forward to specific domain.

To view all forwarding rules today both on-prem and cloud you can use the following script.
The only difference is the connection part.

View the Rules

Function Get-AutoForwardRules
{
foreach ($a in (Get-Mailbox -ResultSize Unlimited |select PrimarySMTPAddress))
{
Get-InboxRule -Mailbox $a.PrimarySMTPAddress |
?{($_.ForwardTo -ne $null) -or ($_.ForwardAsAttachmentTo -ne $null) -or ($_.DeleteMessage -eq $true) -or ($_.RedirectTo -ne $null)} |
select Name,Identity,ForwardTo,ForwardAsAttachmentTo, RedirectTo, DeleteMessage
}
}

#Example

Get-AutoForwardRules

To get the PowerShell module for office 365 which supports MFA.

Download the PowerShell Module (available in the 365 admin portal)

Connect using: Connect-EXOPSSession -UserPrincipalName user@example.com

Security Features in Office 365

Depending on your Office 365 Subscription you might get a warning email when someone tries to define a forwarding rule

 

This is an example for Exchange Online

$Mailboxes = Get-Mailbox -ResultSize "Unlimited"
$Count = 1
ForEach ($Mailbox in $Mailboxes)
{
Write-Progress -Activity "Checking inboxrules..." -Status "User $($Mailbox.PrimarySmtpAddress) ($count/$($Mailboxes.count))" -PercentComplete ($Count / $Mailboxes.count*100)
$MailboxWithRule = Get-InboxRule -Mailbox $Mailbox.Alias | Where-Object {($_.RedirectTo -ne $null) -and ($_.ForwardTo -ne $null) -and ($_.ForwardAsAttachmentTo -ne $null)}
if ($MailboxWithRule -ne $Null) {
Write-Host "Mailbox $($Mailbox.PrimarySmtpAddress) has these rulez:" $MailboxWithRule |
fl Name, Identity, RedirectTo, ForwardTo, ForwardAsAttachmentTo
}
$count++
}

Updates to Attack Surface Reduction Rules in Windows 10 1803

5 new rules are being introduced with Windows 10 1803

  • Block executable files from running unless they meet a prevalence, age, or trusted list criteria
  • Use advanced protection against ransomware
  • Block credential stealing from the Windows local security authority subsystem (lsass.exe)
  • Block process creations originating from PSExec and WMI commands
  • Block untrusted and unsigned processes that run from USB

 

Complete Rules list with GUIDs

Rule name GUID
Block executable content from email client and webmail BE9BA2D9-53EA-4CDC-84E5-9B1EEEE46550
Block Office applications from creating child processes D4F940AB-401B-4EFC-AADC-AD5F3C50688A
Block Office applications from creating executable content 3B576869-A4EC-4529-8536-B80A7769E899
Block Office applications from injecting code into other processes 75668C1F-73B5-4CF0-BB93-3ECF5CB7CC84
Block JavaScript or VBScript from launching downloaded executable content D3E037E1-3EB8-44C8-A917-57927947596D
Block execution of potentially obfuscated scripts 5BEB7EFE-FD9A-4556-801D-275E5FFC04CC
Block Win32 API calls from Office macro 92E97FA1-2EDF-4476-BDD6-9DD0B4DDDC7B
Block executable files from running unless they meet a prevalence, age, or trusted list criteria 01443614-cd74-433a-b99e-2ecdc07bfc25
Use advanced protection against ransomware c1db55ab-c21a-4637-bb3f-a12568109d35
Block credential stealing from the Windows local security authority subsystem (lsass.exe) 9e6c4e1f-7d60-472f-ba1a-a39ef669e4b2
Block process creations originating from PSExec and WMI commands d1e49aac-8f56-4280-b9ba-993a6d77406c
Block untrusted and unsigned processes that run from USB b2b3f03d-6a65-4f7b-a9c7-1c7ef74a9ba4

 

Details about the rules can be found here:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-defender-exploit-guard/attack-surface-reduction-exploit-guard

 

TechDays Sweden – Take care of your clients, you don’t WannaCry

In October SEC-LABS R&D Crew will be presenting at the Swedish Premier Microsoft IT Event TechDays. We will be talking about how to Secure your Windows clients, we are going to walk you through the Microsoft security stack you can use to protect your Windows client with. We will be focusing not only on Windows 10 but other solutions and practices you can leverage to build a more secure client environment.

http://tdswe.se/events/take-care-of-your-clients-you-dont-wannacry/ 

We hope to see you there / Stefan and Mattias

We have embedded a video from last years event below (Swedish)

Massive ransomware campaign hits victims in at least 74 countries

Today reports was flooding the internet about an large scale ransomware campaign.

*** Update 2017-05-13 : Microsoft has put together a detailed post about the matter now since they have gotten the time to reverse the malware. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mmpc/2017/05/12/wannacrypt-ransomware-worm-targets-out-of-date-systems
Microsoft has also released updates for Windows XP and 2003 Server that you can apply for the MS17-010 SMB Vulnerability KB4012598 http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/search.aspx?q=4012598

***

–his time the attack had a massive impact on the society – according to reports multiple hospitals was taken out of business in the UK with local files and network files encrypted.

The following picture from MalwareTech showing the infections which has an extreme hitrate

 

WannaCry infections (pic from malwaretech)

It’s using the NSA exploit leaked by Shadow Brokers (EternalBlue which uses a vulnerability in the SMB Protocol to spread.

This means that unpatched systems are spreading this ransomware internal on the network.

Initial infection is still not clear but most likley it’s a phishing campaing and we can’t really point out how important Security Awareness training is for your end users.

Mitigations (for this specific campaign)

  • Patching
  • Office 365 ATP (Advanced Threat Protection)
    • Office 365 ATP

    • Protecting against unsafe attachments
      all suspicious content goes through a real-time behavioral malware analysis that uses machne learning to evaluate the content for suspicious activities.
      unsafe attachments are sandboxed in a detonation chamber before being sent to recipients
      Protect your environment when users click malicious links.
      The URL s are examined in real time when a user clicks them.
    • Office 365 ATP URL SCAN

      One benefit is the reporting to so administrators can track which users clicked a link

    • For further information about Office 365 ATP please visit https://products.office.com/en-us/exchange/online-email-threat-protection
  • Security Awareness
    • Most likley this started by an email (well multiple emails) but I assume someone clicked on a link named invoice or something else
      Security awareness still very common to be overseen by secyurity teams and IT departments in general
      We can’t simple protect against every bad thing by technical means and we need to raise the awareness for the end users.
      Make sure to kick off a Security awareness program, This could be seminars, intranet information.
  • Segmentation
    • Make sure you have network segmentation to avoid spreading
    • Use a Local Firewall to block traffic usually there is no need to have SMB open against clients
  • Access to critical assets
    • Separation of duties
    • Users should only have access to what they need
    • Don’t set up a share where all users can read and write files from all departments
  • Windows 10 Device guard
    • Blocking untrusted code from executing. I bet this code wasn’t signed by a trusted certificate authority

CVE-2017-0290 – RCE in The Microsoft Malware Protection Engine

Last Friday, Tavis Ormandy and Natalie Silvanovich reported that they had discovered “the worst Windows remote code exec in recent memory”.

The vulnerability was reported to Microsoft who released an advisory: https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/4022344.aspx

The good thing, no action is requred by the Enterprise administrators if default configuration to automatic upate definitions and the Malware Protection Engine are kept up to date.

Otherwise, patch now!

From the advisory:

Why is no action required to install this update?
In response to a constantly changing threat landscape, Microsoft frequently updates malware definitions and the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine. In order to be effective in helping protect against new and prevalent threats, antimalware software must be kept up to date with these updates in a timely manner.

For enterprise deployments as well as end users, the default configuration in Microsoft antimalware software helps ensure that malware definitions and the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine are kept up to date automatically. Product documentation also recommends that products are configured for automatic updating.

CVE ID Vulnerability Title Exploitability Assessment for
Latest Software Release
Exploitability Assessment for
Older Software Release
Denial of Service
Exploitability Assessment
CVE-2017-0290 Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability 2 – Exploitation Less Likely 2 – Exploitation Less Likely Not applicable

 

To exploit this vulnerability a special crafted file has to be scanned by the system. The file can be delivered in numerous ways – Via WEB, attachment etc.

The real-time scan will automatically scan the files and this funtionality is nothing you should disable.
The real-time scan runs on file shares so this vulernability doesn not only apply on clients

Affected products

Antimalware Software Microsoft Malware Protection Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability- CVE-2017-0290
Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 Critical
Remote Code Execution
Microsoft Endpoint Protection Critical
Remote Code Execution
Microsoft Forefront Security for SharePoint Service Pack 3 Critical
Remote Code Execution
Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection Critical
Remote Code Execution
Microsoft Security Essentials Critical
Remote Code Execution
Windows Defender for Windows 7 Critical
Remote Code Execution
Windows Defender for Windows 8.1 Critical
Remote Code Execution
Windows Defender for Windows RT 8.1 Critical
Remote Code Execution
Windows Defender for Windows 10, Windows 10 1511, Windows 10 1607, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10 1703 Critical
Remote Code Execution
Windows Intune Endpoint Protection Critical
Remote Code Execution

 

Actions:

  • Verify that the update is installed
  • If necessary, install the update

For further information:

https://bugs.chromium.org/p/project-zero/issues/detail?id=1252&desc=5

 

 

 

Security Best Practice for Active Directory

Securing active directory is really important.

We still see help desk staff being added to Domain Admins group, Admins are elevating to their DA account to run powershell, RSAT etc on their device which they also use to download software, browse the internet and basically everything they do on day to day basis.

Domain Admins in the past was the easy way to managing almost everything. Exchange, Users, Systems running on member servers, Servers (I’ve even seen domain controllers), Service accounts have been added to Domain Admins group. The simple reason for this was “It just works and it’s easy” or the worst phrase “We have always done it this way”.

Compromised credentials on servers or computers used for day to day administrative tasks is a common way to get the keys to the kingdom and the high value assests every company tries to hard to protect.

 

If you have the time and want to provide proper AD security for your environment there is a Best Practice Guide to Secure Active Directory.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/identity/ad-ds/plan/security-best-practices/best-practices-for-securing-active-directory