ifmapj & ifmapcli - Support for ICS Security specification added

We added support for the metadata and extended identifiers specified in TNC IF-MAP Metadata for ICS Security to both our Java-library ifmapj and our command line tool-set ifmapcli.

ifmapj comes with new classes that allow to create the metadata and identifier objects needed to work with ICS specified entities, just like the already existing classes and methods that help using TNC IF-MAP Metadata for Network Security entities.

As an example of what’s possible with the new release of ifmapj, we also upgraded ifmapcli by CLI tools to publish ICS metadata and identifiers.

The sourcecode of both proiects is available at Github (ifmapj v2.3.0 and ifmapcli v0.3.0).

ifmapj is also available via Maven central.

27 Jul 2015

Big update to VisITMeta - Release of 0.5.0

After months of internal development we are proud to release the new version 0.5.0 of our IF-MAP visualization software VisITMeta.

It features the following changes:

  • Multiple subscriptions: the dataservice now supports multiple subscriptions to a single MAP server. It also handles when the same information is gathered via two or more subscriptions at the same time
  • New connection handling: the Visualization client now features a new representation of all connection-based settings (connections to VisITMeta dataservices, connections to MAP servers, and subscriptions), allowing managing them as well (add new, edit and delete existing, starting/stopping subscriptions, …).
  • Filter in REST API: the REST API now supports filters in the style of IF-MAP filters like match-links or result-filter; they can be used when querying for a graph at a given timestamp
  • Error dialogs: (most) errors - both on dataservice side as well as on GUI side - are now shown via basic dialogs
  • Minor fixes and enhancements: selected nodes can now correctly be “unselected”, we added a new style for Identifier information, and much refactoring of the code

Screenshot of VisITMeta GUI v0.5.0 The new overview of connections to VisITMeta dataservices and IF-MAP servers, as well as the configured and active subscriptions can be seen in the screenshot. Also a new compact representation of Identifier nodes is shown, that uses up to 2 lines of information.

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

24 Jul 2015

Paper about VisITMeta presented at GraMSec 2015

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During the Second International Workshop on Graphical Models for Security (GraMSec), held on July 13th 2015 in Verona, a member of the Trust@HsH research group from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover presented the paper titled Integrated Visualization of Network Security Metadata from Heterogeneous Data Sources.

The paper depicts the general idea behind VisITMeta, a successfully finished research project aimed at visualizing IF-MAP metadata graphs. Within the outlook on future work, the integration of VisITMeta into the SIMU project was explained, where the visualization of metadata graphs is used to allow a better understanding of identified incidents.

The workshop itself, co-located with the 28th IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium, mostly dealt with attack graphs and attack trees, used to evaluate possible ways of attacks.

The main intersections with the results of the VisITMeta and SIMU projects are on the layer of data collection, where similar methods are used to get the infrastructure information about clients, servers and services.

13 Jul 2015

(Pre-)Release of irongpm - Graph Pattern Matching on IF-MAP graphs

irongpm is a new client developed within the SIMU research project that searches for patterns in an IF-MAP graph and responds if matching (sub-)graphs are found.

Rules that define a combination of patterns to search for and corresponding actions can be created by implementing a given Rule interface and are loaded via Java reflection on startup. Available via our Github account, irongpm comes with a sample rule that is explained in details the Readme file.

To use irongpm, a running VisITMeta dataservice is needed, as well as an external Maven dependency called simu-entities, which is unfortunately not available to the public at the moment. We hope that this dependency will be available in the next 2-3 weeks, so at the moment the release is only really usable within the SIMU project development team.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact us at or directly create an Issue at the corresponding Github-project page.

02 Jul 2015

Bugfix-release for irond

Today we fixed a rather critical bug in our MAP server implementation irond. As it turns out, result filters in search and subscribtion request were handled in the wrong way - not removing everything from the result that matches the filter, but instead removing anything but.

This was fixed and thus we released version 0.5.4 via Github. We also added some more client certificates of our tools to the keystore of irond.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact us at or directly create an Issue at the corresponding Github-project page.

29 Jun 2015

irongenlog - an IF-MAP client for generic log-files

Within the SIMU research project we implemented an IF-MAP client that is able to provide IF-MAP publisher functionality to arbitrary logging-based tools - irongenlog.

irongenlog, which is available as always via our Github account, allows to use a doman specific language together with logstash to quickly transfer log output from an arbitrary program into IF-MAP data.

We ship irongenlog with a short reference of how to use the domain specific language and an example binding for the dnsmasq DHCP and DNS service.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact us at or directly create an Issue at the corresponding Github-project page.

22 Jun 2015

IF-MAP and Syslog - ironsyslog

With ironsyslog we present a new IF-MAP client that acts as a bridge between Syslog and IF-MAP.

Developed during the SIMU research project, ironsyslog acts as a Syslog relay server that puts incoming log messages through complex event processing (CEP), whose rules then map the messages onto IF-MAP identifier and metadata, that are published to a MAP server in the end.

ironsyslog is available at our Github account, feel free to contact us at or directly create an Issue at the corresponding Github-project page if you encounter any problems.

15 Jun 2015

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
Hochschule Hannover
University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Faculty IV, Dept. of Computer Science
Ricklinger Stadtweg 120
30459 Hannover, Germany
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