The 2022 Velociraptor Conference - Digging together…

Thank you for joining us for the day-long virtual summit as we DIG DEEPER TOGETHER!

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Agenda at a glance

Time Slot (ET)SpeakerTopic
9-9:30 amMike Cohen
Digital Paleontologist, Velociraptor/Rapid7
Year in Review/Future Roadmap
9:30-10 amMatt Green
Principal Software Engineer, Velociraptor/Rapid7
Notebook & VQL - Data munging your way to victory!
10-10:30 amWes Lambert
Principal Engineer, Security Onion Solutions, LLC
Velocistack: Swiftly Configuring a Streamlined Investigation Environment
10:30-11 amBREAK
11-11:45 amChristian Hammerschmidt, PhD
Head of Engineering/ML, APTA Technologies
Machine Learning for DFIR with Velociraptor: From Setting Expectations to a Case Study
11:45-12:30 pmDan Baker
Threat Response Team Lead, Motorola Solutions
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Blue Team: Retrieving triage images with EDR
12:30-1:30 pmLUNCH
1:30-2 pmWes Lambert
Principal Engineer, Security Onion Solutions, LLC
Using DinoSOARLab to Uncover Adversary Actions and Orchestrate Rapid Response
2-2:30 pmMike Cohen
Digital Paleontologist, Velociraptor/Rapid7
Cloud Native Velociraptor
2:30-3:15 pmLuke Fardell
Director of DFIR, Control Risks
Velociraptor and Law Enforcement
3:15-3:45 pmBREAK
3:45-4:30Mike Pilkington
SANS Institute
Mac Response – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
4:30-5 pmWes Lambert
Principal Engineer, Security Onion Solutions, LLC
Purple Teaming with ARTifacts
5-5:15 pmPaulo Pereira, PhD
Forensics at Digits3c
Ransomware Investigation Using Velociraptor
5:15-5:20 pmWRAP

Detailed Program

Ransomware Investigation Using Velociraptor.

By Paulo Pereira, PhD - Digits3c

The objective of this work is to present the investigation process for the identification of malware activities in memory analysis. The real scenario is formed by the ransomware attack on a corporate server (Windows 2008 R2) from which the memory file was obtained moments after the attack was discovered. The attackers exploited this server to target the company's services, which were down for two weeks. Velociraptor was used to identify the processes affected by the artifact. Based on a bibliographic, descriptive, exploratory and pure methodology, a comparison base (baselines) was created to identify the processes normally initiated by this version of the server. The results found were the process used by the ransomware, the execution of hidden processes in the system and the files that was created by the malicious program. The creation of a comparative base combined with the listing of processes and a rule to search for data patterns contributed to the identification of processes that are foreign to the attacked server, since this strategy proved to be efficient to identify the presence of ransomware in some server processes. that the simple listing of processes failed to show. Keywords: Velociraptor, Process, Malware, Ransomware.

Notebook and VQL - data munging your way to victory!

By Matt Green

Velociraptor notebook is a feature that supercharges analysis and speeds up many components of incident response. New users are often intimidated by advanced VQL and don’t know where to start. This talk aims to shed some light on data manipulation in VQL and provide some practical examples that can be taken away for better artifacts and analysis.

Velocistack: Swiftly Configuring a Streamlined Investigation Environment

By Wes Lambert - Principal Engineer, Security Onion Solutions

In this presentation, we’ll discuss Velocistack, a Docker-based, free and open investigation stack centered around Velociraptor. The project makes it super easy to spin up a local Velociraptor server with Docker Compose, tied together with other services that complement investigation and can benefit analysts or incident responders.

Want to post-process collection or hunt results outside of Velociraptor?

Maybe it would be beneficial to be able to quickly and easily search through the data and correlate with other data sets?

How about the ability to build detailed graphs and visualizations around Velociraptor artifacts or metrics?

Would you like to be able to perform data decoding and transformation using a variety of recipes, baking your data to perfection?

Want the ability to easily track investigations through native case management, attaching evidence to cases, associate evidence/IOCs to assets, and build greater context around collected data?

Want to better understand how to leverage Velociraptor’s “transparent proxy” feature to host your own additional services behind it?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Velocistack may be for you! To learn more about Velocistack, attend this presentation!

Machine Learning for DFIR with Velociraptor: From Setting Expectations to a Case Study

By Christian Hammerschmidt, PhD - Head of Engineering/ML, APTA Technologies

Machine learning (ML) or artificial intelligence (AI) often comes with great promise and large marketing budgets for cybersecurity, especially in monitoring (such as EDR/XDR solutions). Post-breach, it often turns out that the actual performance falls short of its promises.

In this talk, we’ll briefly look at ML for DFIR: What tasks can ML solve, generally speaking? What requirements do we have for a useful ML system in cybersecurity/DFIR contexts, such as reliability, robustness to attackers, and explainability? What makes ML difficult to apply in cybersecurity, e.g. when thinking about false alerts or attackers attempting to circumvent automated systems?

After discussing the basics, we look at ML for velociraptor:

  1. How can we process forensic data collected with VQL using machine learning (with a typical Python/Jupyter/scikit-learn/PyTorch stack)?

  2. And how can we build artifacts that run ML directly on each endpoint, avoiding central data collection?

The talk concludes with a case study, showing how we significantly reduced time to analyze EVTX files in incident response cases, saving thousands of USD in costs and reducing time to resolution.

Bio: Chris Hammerschmidt did his PhD research on machine learning methods for reverse engineering software systems. Now, he’s heading APTA Technologies, a start-up building machine learning tools to understand software behavior .

Affiliation: APTA Technologies,

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Blue Team: Retrieving triage images with EDR

By Dan Banker Threat Response Team Lead at Motorola Solutions

With the recent rise in users working remotely, many security-related processes have had to adapt. One of these is capturing a forensic image for analysis. Acquiring a bit-for-bit copy of a 500 MB+ disk over the network can be impractical, and obtaining the physical drive may introduce unacceptable delays. I will outline a process for using EDR to deploy the Velociraptor standalone executable and capture a triage image under 500MB in size. The executable can be deployed and the image retrieved in under 30 minutes, and will hand your team the most important forensic artifacts to start the investigation. I’ll also cover using Winpmem in a similar process to retrieve memory, and an alternate triage image process for Linux machines.

Using DinoSOARLab to Uncover Adversary Actions and Orchestrate Rapid Response

By Wes Lambert - Principal Engineer, Security Onion Solutions

Have you ever worked in a DinoSOAR lab? If not, now’s your chance!

In this presentation, we’ll discuss integration of Velociraptor with Security Onion, a free and open platform for enterprise security monitoring, intrusion detection, threat hunting, and log management.

Along with other tools, the integration will assist in facilitating contextual enrichment, orchestration, and automation by tying together host, network, and other telemetry in an effort to paint a more accurate picture of adversary activity in a computer network.

While Velociraptor provides excellent insight and the ability to gather and process forensic evidence quickly and easily, when paired with passive network analysis from tools like Suricata (NIDS alerts), Zeek (connection/protocol-specific/transaction logs), Google Stenographer (full packet capture), we can glean important associations that otherwise might not have been noticed, more effectively scope an incident, and potentially come to a conclusion much more quickly during an investigation. We can pore over, sort, and create visualizations to correlate activity and build relationships between artifact/host data from Velociraptor and network data provided by Security Onion.

To track our investigations, we can create cases, adding observables and enriching the data made available by Velociraptor and other tools, or kick off additional hunts as needed. In this way, we’re going full-circle from Velociraptor to Security Onion and so on, with each complementing the other to provide additional context and capability. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of not just how they can benefit from integration of Velociraptor with Security Onion, but with other stacks and technologies as well.

Cloud Native Velociraptor

By Mike Cohen - Digital Paleontologist

Velociraptor is fast becoming the default choice for a DFIR and continuous monitoring solution. While Velociraptor was originally designed for ease of deployment, targeting smaller organizations, as the tool matures and gains more enterprise ready features there is a growing need to cater for very large cloud native deployments (in the millions of endpoints).

This talk introduces a new project based on Velociraptor called “Cloud Raptor”. This experimental new project is an attempt to implement Velociraptor using cloud native technologies, namely S3 and Opensearch as well as using AWS Lambda functions. The talk will cover some of the architectural aspects of the Velociraptor code base that make it possible to reimplement core functionality easily.

The new architecture makes some Velociraptor features easier to implement, while other features are more difficult to implement. This talk will discuss the pros and cons of this approach since it is currently not a complete feature for feature implementation. Nevertheless, having an additional, highly scalable version of Velociraptor that can be used in some situations is very useful to the Velociraptor ecosystem.

Velociraptor and Law enforcement

By Luke Fardell - Director of DFIR, Control Risks

Dealing with an incident which results in the prosecution of a threat actor when all the data was gathered using Velociraptor. The talk focuses on the challenges faced when dealing with the courts and the police when stepping away from the normal full disk imagery processes the courts are used to.

I used Velociraptor during a network breach for a client, the attack resulted in all sys admin accounts being removed from the AD. The threat actor then disabled the buildings access controls and specifically the server room door controls. The threat actor then began to destroy the datacentre by mass deleting files and wiping systems. The attack was thwarted mid-way through by the IT staff using an emergency over-ride to bypass the door controls and used a metal bar to prise open the door and pull the network cables out. This sounds like something from a movie but it genuinely happened.

The analysis using velociraptor uncovered an account that was created 3 months prior to the attack in the AD that was used to access the VPN. Cross checking with HR records a former sys admin was fired on the same day. The threat actor also failed to log into some systems and ended up re-enabling the former sys admins account to access the door controls. During analysis we extracted the AD and obtained the password hash for the new accounts created, the passwords we relevant to the former employee. The firewall analysis identified a home broadband IP address was used and also the IP address of a fishing club frequented by the former employee. The case is currently with the UK courts and police. It would be great to share my experiences dealing with law enforcement and explaining the deployment of velociraptor and how it collects data. Specifically having to explain the lack of a full traditional forensic image which was not possible in this situation. The client rebuilt the network in haste and we had to rely on the data we collected via velociraptor. The case is still on going and I am giving evidence and statements currently. My main point of contention is that the lawyers are used to only dealing with full disk images (e01 with hashes etc.) This case involved thousands of endpoints during the deployment and the systems we gathered data from using velociraptor had to be rebuilt over the weekend. Changing the lawyers mindset was difficult but the process was documented using the server side telemetry which showed our working processes and we were able to document the analysis effectively. Also the hashing of individual files on upload helped massively and gave the law enforcement comfort.

Mac Response – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Mike Pilkington

Mac adoption is on the rise. Gartner reported 8.5% market share for macOS in the enterprise in 2021, and the rate of adoption continues to rise. With Macs becoming more common across more organizations, it’s important for security teams to have the ability to respond effectively. Velociraptor offers an excellent opportunity to do that! However, deploying and using security tooling like Velociraptor comes with a unique set of challenges on Macs. In particular, features such as System Integrity Protection (SIP) and Transparency, Consent, and Control (TCC) make rapid response difficult if responders have not planned ahead. In this talk, we’ll cover how to prepare to clear these hurdles so that you have solid visibility when responding to Mac hosts in your network. We’ll also look at useful areas for analyzing potential intrusions against Macs, and how Velociraptor can speed up the triage process at scale.

Purple Teaming with ARTifacts

By Wes Lambert - Principal Engineer, Security Onion Solutions

Do you currently engage in purple teaming, or would like to get started? Would you like a way to make deployment of Atomic Red Team tests faster, easier, and more streamlined? How about determining detection efficacy?

All of this and more can be made possible by leveraging Atomic Red Team tests within Velociraptor artifacts. No kidding, we can implement these tests within an artifact, then have them run on an endpoint, without user intervention. Furthermore, we can leverage detection rules from within Velociraptor to catch the simulated attack activity and gauge the effectiveness of our detections.

Attendees will walk away from this presentation with several examples of how they immediately leverage Atomic Red Team tests and catch execution of those tests through Velociraptor to evaluate their detection capability and improve the security of their enterprise.