Trust@HsH at RSA Conference 2015

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Leonard Renners and Bastian Hellmann of the Trust@HsH research group participated at this years RSA conference in San Francisco (20th-24th April).

On Monday 20th during the TCG associated seminar “Should We Trust Mobile Computing, IoT and the Cloud? No, But There Are Solutions”, Trust@HsH presented two live demonstrations showcasing IF-MAP and its possibilites to integrate network (security) components of different vendors.

First demo booth together with DECOIT
Figure 1: First demo booth together with DECOIT, titled "Near Real-time Network Security with an IF-MAP-based SIEM Approach"

The first demo, created in cooperation with DECOIT GmbH, presents an approach to build a SIEM system with IF-MAP based components. This demonstration contained results of the completed research project VisITMeta as well as from the still ongoing SIMU project.

Second demo booth together with Pulse Secure and DECOIT
Figure 2: Second demo booth together with Pulse Secure and DECOIT, titled "BYOD Solutions well in hand"

The second demo was put together with Pulse Secure and DECOIT GmbH, integrating components from all three vendors to demonstrate a BYOD scenario, where all components work together to monitor a smartphones behaviour once connected to a company network and take automatic actions when behaving in a bad way.

Impressions from outside the Moscone Center South
Figure 3: Impressions from outside the Moscone Center South

As last year, the conference was a great opportunity to get in contact with people interested in network security in general and IF-MAP in particular. There were again some great talks and panels with security experts like Bruce Schneier, Adi Shamir and Whitfield Diffie (as for example in this great panel), as well as some inspiring keynotes featuring both prospects of network security’s future and talks on (more or less) unrelated topics.

Here are some general impressions of the city of San Francisco (luckily shot at better weather conditions compared to last years attendance).

AT&T ball park
Figure 4: AT&T park
Lombard Street as seen from Coit tower
Figure 5: Lombard Street (as seen from Coit tower)
Golden Gate bridge
Figure 6: Golden Gate bridge (overlook at Hawk Hill)
Sunset and Golden Gate bridge
Figure 7: Sunset and Golden Gate bridge
05 May 2015

Meet the Trust@HsH team at the RSA conference 2015 in San Francisco

The Trust@HsH research group will present their IF-MAP related work on this year’s RSA conference during the Trusted Computing Groups Association Seminar and Demonstration Showcase on Mondyay, 20th April in the time from 9AM to 1PM (PST).

It will be held at the Moscone Convention Center (West) in the room 2002/2006.

We will be participating at 2 out of the 20 different demonstration booths, showcasing our IF-MAP tools, like the MAP server irond or the visualisation client VisITMeta in collaboration with tools from other vendors like DECOIT or Pulse Secure.

The Trust@HsH team will be happy to welcome you at our booths titled BYOD Solutions Well in Hand: Standards-Based Mobile Security and Near Real-Time Network Security with an IF-MAP-Based SIEM Approach!

16 Apr 2015

Bugfixes for VisITMeta

We released two bugfixes for our IF-MAP visualization software VisITMeta, so the current version is 0.4.2.

Bugs fixed:

  • Wrong rendering of links between vendor-specific metadata
  • Wrong behavior when changing colors of metadata nodes and selecting single nodes
08 Apr 2015

VisITMeta 0.4.0 released

Our IF-MAP visualization software VisITMeta has been released in version 0.4.0.

It features the following changes:

  • Search functionality: it is now possible to search for metadata and identifier nodes within the GUI, by using a very simplistic search “language”
  • New history navigation via tabs for live, history and delta view
  • Support for metadata published via the notify operation (only accessible via the REST interface at the moment)
  • Now using of ironcommon, our new utility library for ifmapj-based projects
  • Integration of Checkstyle plugin into our Maven build environment
  • Modified Maven pom.xml so that running VisITMeta within Eclipse should now be possible
  • Some minor bugfixes

Screenshot of VisITMeta GUI v0.4.0 The screenshot shows the new search functionality via searching for all nodes containing ip and 10.0.0 as well as all nodes exactly matching device; all nodes that do not match the search string are rendered slightly transparent. The screenshot also shows the new tab-based control over history navigation.

As always, the sourcecode is available at Github on the projects repository page.

23 Mar 2015

Several new releases of iron* software

During the last days we released new versions of nearly all our IF-MAP based software. Most releases are due to an integration of the Checkstyle plugin and changes to the Unix start scripts.

Some projects however received additional updates and functionality, as listed below:

  • ifmapj 2.2.2 (also on Maven Central)
    • Fixed a bug regarding the date format in logging (thanks to Markus Schölzel from DECOIT)
  • irondemo 0.5.0
    • Ability to start needed components via agenda
    • Fixes to project configurations
  • irondetect 0.0.8
    • As db4o is no longer available, we now use YAML to define and load the training data

We also released a new helper library called ironcommon, that contains things like

  • Checkstyle policy and How-To to include it in Eclipse
  • Added Eclipse formatter and clean-up files
  • (first version of) YAML configuration file handling

It is available via Github and Maven Central; our other projects will be adapted .

The sourcecode of all projects is also available at Github on the projects repository page.

06 Mar 2015

VisITMeta 0.3.0 released

Today we released a new version of our IF-MAP visualization software VisITMeta.

Version 0.3.0 features the following changes:

  • bugfixes for handling of circular graphs, deltas that contain subgraphs and wrong order of handling updates and deletes from incoming IF-MAP poll results
  • improvements to YAML configuration file usage
  • JUnit tests of the main interface (and the underlying graph handling) to external services

The sourcecode of VisITMeta is also available at Github on the projects repository page.

16 Dec 2014

Metalyzer and VisITMeta 0.2.0 released

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With Metalyzer we introduce a software, that allows to analyse IF-MAP data for statistic and semantic features.

Metalyzer consists of two separate modules:

  1. a module that can be loaded by the dataservice application of VisITMeta, that performs the analysis on MAP data and provides REST-like access to the results

  2. a visualization client that presents these results via tables, charts and other diagrams.

Some of the analysis that can be done with Metalyzer include the absolute and relative frequencies of different identifiers and metadata or an overview of associated IP addresses and MAC addresses, found by following a given path in the IF-MAP graph data.

The statistic analysis is partly done by using the R framework, whereas the visualization via charts and diagrams uses the JFreechart library.

Metalyzer was developed by a group of 9 students during their bachelor studies within two terms at the Hochschule Hannover.

Please find the sourcecode and instructions on how to build Metalyzer and include it in a VisITMeta runtime environment in the projects Github repository.

In combination with the release of Metalyzer in its first version we also release VisITMeta in version 0.2.0. The main feature of this version is the added support for external modules - like Metalyzer - , to allow arbitrary processing on the stored MAP data.

We also fixed a bug that happened when the delta is calculated after a single value metadata was updated, and added the possibility to select and unselect single nodes in the GUI application.

The sourcecode of VisITMeta is also available at Github on the projects repository page.

19 Sep 2014

irond now fully supports IF-MAP 2.2

Good news, everyone!

The freshly released 0.5.0 version of our MAP server irond incorporates a number of changes to provide full compliance with the IF-MAP 2.2 specification. Some of the features include (see the specification for the whole changelog):

  • MAP Content Autorization - MAP Content Authorization provides a standard model for controlling what operations MAP Clients can execute upon the content of a MAP server.

  • ifmap-server identifier - The IF-MAP server-identifier is a well known extended identifier that provides a dedicated identifier on which MAP servers can create server-capability metadata to indicate which capabilities they supports. The IF-MAP server-identifier is published by the MAP server itself to enable MAP clients to find out which IF-MAP version and optional capabilities the MAP server they intend to communicate with supports.

  • ifmap-timestamp-fraction metadata attribute - This special or “operational” attribute that MAP servers add to stored metadata enables for finely grained timestamps with potentially arbitrary precision.

To the best of our knowledge, the Trust@HsH research group are the first to implement a fully IF-MAP 2.2 compliant MAP server and we are proud to provide researchers in industry and academia with an open source implementation to support their research activities.

You can find precompiled binaries and the sources on our github page. Please consult the README for details on building irond on your own.

Note: We already released version 0.5.1 of irond, as we changed a small shortcoming in the build process.

01 Sep 2014
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