2016. június 27., hétfő

File access auditing on a Windows fileserver: Data Leakage Prevention

Here is a clever script concept that helps company managers notifying someone's unusual amount of file reading. That's typical behaviour for an employee who is intended to quit and try to steal all the files of that company. Such auditing softwares are on the market for several hundred or thousand bucks!
Luckily for you, I've written one in bash. OK that's not good news for ones who use only Windows. But it can be easily portable to any script language, for example, php so that it could be run directly in the Windows fileserver or DC by installing the proper runtime enviroment. (PHP, ruby, python, etc.)
Exploring that thought further, now I'm going to translate that for myself. ;) But for now, it's enough to get it work in bash.

The original idea is that we suppose that all the users open almost the same amount of files daily on their daily routines. This script always alerts when a statistical threshold percent reached per user.
In the following example you are going to see a nice solution for lab use in which I transfer the logfile from the Windows server to a Linux server to be able to run the bash script on it. You can find detailed comments inside the script.

Step-by-step installation:
1: Enable audit log policy on your Windows Server, assign it to the target folders and test it
(Note: in the above blog you can find an advanced example. In my case I look for event id 4663 because it just contains the information I need.) Set the audit rules according to your needs. The less eventrule the better. We need to trace file reads so the first rule is a must.


2: You need to export the specific events from the security log to a plain file. So create a getsec.ps1 file in c:\script\ with the following content:
Get-EventLog security -After (Get-Date).AddDays(-1) -InstanceId 4663 |select Message|ft -AutoSize -Wrap > c:\auditing\report.txt
3: Also, don't forget to create that c:\auditing folder and then put an empty file into it named: mounted

 4: Schedule the script to run at the end of the working hours or at midnight. The command is to be: (e.g.) C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe and the argument (e.g.): -executionpolicy bypass -file c:\scripts\getsec.ps1  2>&1 > C:\scripts\log.txt
5: Share c:\auditing folder with a dedicated user that is intended to be used only by the Linux server, e.g.: linuxsrv
6: On your linux box, install the following packages: cifs-utils dos2unix mutt iconv
7: Test your connection:
 [ -f /mnt/mounted ] || mount.cifs //192.168.xx.xx/auditing/ /mnt/ -o username=linuxsrv,password=Sup3rS3cur3P4$$,domain=contoso
8: Create the base directories in, e.g.
mkdir /root/auditor && cd /root/auditor
mkdir archive average stat users; echo "0" > counter

Having succeeded, congratulations, now you are ready to track your file access activity and watch out for possible data stealing FOR FREE!


Here is the mighty script. See comments inline!

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