Splunk / Python Script / Syslog Demo Data

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Officially now a Splunk Certified User: (Splunker!)


With that in mind I thought I’d create a demo script to load some log data into Splunk, this is to show the data and some charts.

As the data is based on time series (Time Stamped) you’ll be able to see information from the log entries and a few charts.

The use case could be to show all syslog data from all pre-defined critical servers, then run searches against the data for particular log events / messages.

A typical search could be “Failed from ip_address”

I created a python script, which generates a log file called dc_security.log, the script has two options, one to quickly generate data or one with some delays so you can leave it for a while to build the data and show this over time in Splunk. The log data is based on syslog format and have put various messages in the log events.

Example Data:

Dec 2 02:51:31 LINUX_SRV3 user joker has tried to login to this server and failed from ip_address

After you download the script run the script – sudo python ./dc_security_v1.0.py and select either option.

Download the script from Github



After the file has been created, copy the file: dc_security.log to a server from where you can access Splunk web gui and upload the data into an index called dcsecurity or an index of your choice.

Splunk > Add Data > Upload Data > drag the file into the target box > next


Set the source type – as the log file is like syslog entries, choose > Operating systems > linux_message_syslog

Press Next > Review > Submit > Start Searching

From the search type the below query and you should get a display of all the logs from that file



Here’s a few charts based on the data

Search 1: This searches for the message failed AND from ipaddress:

sourcetype=linux_messages_syslog failed AND from ip_address



Search 2 : This search query shows which server has had the most failed login attempts You can see there are 3500 events, this could be an IOC (Indicator Of  Compromise) like a brute force attack.

It’s also showing the source of the IP, based on this you would run your security process and actions.

sourcetype=linux_messages_syslog failed AND from ip_address | top host


Hopefully this shows you how to get some log data into Splunk, then run some quick searches, and create some charts for insights.

In a production environment you would use forwarders to collect and forward the syslog data on an ongoing basis.


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