RedELK v0.8.0-beta releases: easy deployable tool for Red Teams

Red Team’s SIEM – an easy deployable tool for Red Teams used for tracking and alarming about Blue Team activities as well as better usability for the Red Team in long-term operations.

Goal of the project

Short: a Red Team’s SIEM.

Longer: a Red Team’s SIEM that serves three goals:

  1. Enhanced usability and overview for the red team operators by creating a central location where all relevant operational logs from multiple teamservers are collected and enriched. This is great for historic searching within the operation as well as giving a read-only view on the operation (e.g. for the White Team). Especially useful for multi-scenario, multi-teamserver, multi-member and multi-month operations. Also, super easy ways for viewing all screenshots, IOCs, keystrokes output, etc. \o/
  2. Spot the Blue Team by having a central location where all traffic logs from redirectors are collected and enriched. Using specific queries it’s now possible to detect that the Blue Team is investigating your infrastructure.
  3. Out-of-the-box usable by being easy to install and deploy, as well as having ready-made views, dashboards and alarms.

Here’s a conceptual overview of how RedELK works.

RedELK uses the typical components Filebeat (shipping), Logstash (filtering), Elasticsearch (storage) and Kibana (viewing). Rsync is used for a second syncing of teamserver data: logs, keystrokes, screenshots, etc. Nginx is used for authentication to Kibana, as well as serving the screenshots, beaconlogs, keystrokes in an easy way in the operator’s browser.

A set of python scripts are used for the heavy enriching of the log data, and for Blue Team detection.


  • default index issue. Automate the selection of the rtops-* index as the default one in Kibana. This is a manual step at this moment.
  • Include the real external IP address of a beacon. As Cobalt Strike has no knowledge of the real external IP address of a beacon session, we need to get this form the traffic index. So far, we have not found a true 100% reliable way for doing this.
  • Support for Apache redirectors. Fully tested and working filebeat and logstash configuration files that support Apache-based redirectors. Possibly additional custom log configuration needed for Apache. Low priority.
  • Solve rsyslog max log line issue. Rsyslog (default syslog service on Ubuntu) breaks long syslog lines. Depending on the CS profile you use, this can become an issue. As a result, the parsing of some of the fields are properly parsed by logstash, and thus not properly included in elasticsearch.
  • Ingest manual IOC data. When you are uploading a document, or something else, outside of Cobalt Strike, it will not be included in the IOC list. We want an easy way to have these manual IOCs also included. One way would be to enter the data manually in the activity log of Cobalt Strike and have a logstash filter to scrape the info from there.
  • Ingest e-mails. Create input and filter rules for IMAP mailboxes. This way, we can use the same easy ELK interface for having an overview of sent emails, and replies.
  • User-agent checks. Tagging and alarming on suspicious user-agents. This will probably be divided in hardcoded stuff like curl, wget, etc connecting with the proper C2 URL’s, but also more dynamic analysis of suspicious user-agents.
  • DNS traffic analyses. Ingest, filter and query for suspicious activities on the DNS level. This will take considerable work due to a large amount of noise/bogus DNS queries performed by scanners and online DNS inventory services.
  • Other alarm channels. Think Slack, Telegram, whatever another way you want for receiving alarms.
  • Fine-grained authorisation. A possibility of blocking certain views, searches, and dashboards, or masking certain details in some views. Useful for situations where you don’t want to give out all information to all visitors.


Changelog v0.8.0-beta

Mainly small bug fixes and updates to the install scripts to get to a ready-state for release.

Change log:

  • Several typo’s in text and logic operators in install scripts. A big thank you to fastlorenzo, erjanmx and justsly for their pull request, and neu5ron for his suggestions.
  • no longer overwrites /etc/cron.d/redelk – great for reinstall on teamservers where you modified the cron job to your liking.
  • Updated each install script to have a ‘pre install check’: a check on blocking issues before installation can continue.
  • Updated each install script to have a final check on ‘ERROR’ in the log file and report if such is the case.
  • Explicit declaration of the versions of the filebeat, logstash, elasticsearch and kibana components that will be installed, currently set to 6.4.1.
  • Inserted check for Kibana being up and reachable before inserting the templates.
  • Kibana default Index is now set as part of the installation.

Install && Use

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