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| https://www.egi.eu/indico/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=2023
 
| https://www.egi.eu/indico/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=2023
 
| EGI SVG monthly meeting  
 
| EGI SVG monthly meeting  
| Review activities of the previous month and plan for the coming month
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| Review activities of the previous quarter and plan for the coming quarter
 
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This meeting also involved participation by security experts from PRACE and EUDAT, continuing our growing collaboration with these infrastructures.
 
This meeting also involved participation by security experts from PRACE and EUDAT, continuing our growing collaboration with these infrastructures.
  
For the Incident Response Task Force (IRTF) x security incidents were handled during the quarter. This more than in recent quarters and suggests that there
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For the Incident Response Task Force (IRTF) xx security incidents were handled during the quarter. This is more than in recent quarters and confirms the need
are a growing number of sites not applying timely security patches. ?Three of these related to stolen ssh passwords
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to chase sites with the timely application of security patches. ?Provide breakdown of types of incident?.
while one was as the result of a brute-force ssh scanner? The IRTF continued to track new security vulnerabilities in operating systems and other  
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The IRTF continued to track new security vulnerabilities in operating systems and other  
 
non-Grid software, and chase sites who were vulnerable to previously announced problems.  
 
non-Grid software, and chase sites who were vulnerable to previously announced problems.  
  
For the Security Drills team, we were not able to run the planned NGI Security Service Challenges (SSC) in Germany and Italy.
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The CSIRT has been an acreditted member of the TERENA Trusted Introducer scheme since October 2012. We are now carrying out the necessary steps to achieve full
?Plans are now well underway for the next NGI SSC in Italy.
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certification. An on-site visit happened in January 2014 with detailed investigation of our polices and procedures. We are awaiting the report from this vist to
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see what changes are required for full certification.
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For the Security Drills team, we were still not able to run the planned NGI Security Service Challenges (SSC) in Germany and Italy.
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The final technical preparations required should now happen in February allowing the national SSC campaigns to happen soon after.
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A challenge of the NGI security communication infrastructure has been prepared and will take place during the next quarter.
  
For the monitoring team, further testing of site-wide monitoring took place at the pilot site (KIT, Germany). The next step will be to deploy
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For the monitoring team, further testing of site-wide monitoring took place at the pilot site (KIT, Germany). Work also continued on improving the combination
more pilot sites allowing a move towards a full delpoyment across EGI. A new version of Pakiti was deployed with an implementation of better
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of data from Pakiti and the NAGIOS probes to allow better viewing of security issues in a single place. A new security Nagios server was deployed with the latest
mechanisms for collecting data from the sites. Currently the probes report to both the old and the new servers. New NAGIOS probes were developed  
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release of SAM (update 22). New NAGIOS probes were developed and deployed as required to monitor new critical vulnerabilities from SVG.  
and deployed to monitor new critical vulnerabilities from SVG. A new mechanism for processing data for the dashboard was agreed during the EGI TF
 
and when ready this will allow better viewing of security issues in a single place.
 
  
The Software Vulnerability Group (SVG) continues to handle reported vulnerabilities. During the quarter, 5 new vulnerabilities were addressed,  
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The Software Vulnerability Group (SVG) continues to handle reported vulnerabilities. This quarter was somewhat quieter than recent times with 6 new  
including one critical and 6 high-risk issues.  
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vulnerabilities being addressed,  
SVG issued ? public advisories and ? advisory that went to all EGI sites. The security assessment of CREAM-CE was completed and  
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including one high-risk issue. The other five issues were moderate risk or below.  
reported at the EGI TF. The vast majority of problems found have now been fixed. The assessment of WMS was peformed but the team doing this work
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SVG issued two advisories that went to all EGI sites and one advisory to the EGI federated clouds team.
were not happy with the results and wish to revisit this. In the mean time work has started on an assessment of middleware from UNICORE.
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To help deal with vulnerabilities still not patched in production code, the SVG produced an interim special version of Torque.
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All outstanding security assessments were completed and it has been decided that the next component to be assessed will be CVMFS if volunteer effort becomes
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available.
  
The Emergency Suspension procedures document was finalised and approved by OMB in its September 2013 meeting. The Italian NGI has successfully
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Work on the deployment of Emergency Suspension continues. About half of the NGIs have now deployed a national Argus server and testing of this infrastructure continues.
deployed an NGI Argus server which is correctly handling the suspended credentials out to Italian sites who also run Argus. The next step is to
 
implement a mechanism for deployment at sites not running Argus.
 
  
Plans have been made for a number of future training and dissemination events - ISGC and EGI CF
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Plans have been made for a number of future training and dissemination events. Plans are well advanced for a one-day training event at the ISGC 2014 event in
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Taipei in March 2014. A similar event is also proposed for the EGI Community Forum in May (Helsinki).
  
EGI federated clouds, particularly addressed first This will be a topic for dicussion at the next face to face meeting in December
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Two members of the CSIRT attended a workshop of the EGI federated cloud team in Oxford in January. Presentations were given on the importance of operational security
2013. then Oxford meeting and questionnaire.
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and a questionnaire for Cloud providers has been produced. It is clear that considerable work needs to be done on policies and procedures for the federated cloud
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service. New procedures for certification of cloud providers are required and we need to develop a new test suite to check basic traceability of actions and developments
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in security monitoring are likely to be required.
  
 
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Apart from the usual ongoing regular operational duties, the following items are mentioned.
 
Apart from the usual ongoing regular operational duties, the following items are mentioned.
  
For IRTF, planning will continue for incident handling beyond the end of EGI-InSPIRE. Joint discussions on this topic with PRACE and EUDAT will continue.
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For IRTF, planning will continue for incident handling beyond the end of EGI-InSPIRE. Joint discussions on this topic with PRACE and EUDAT will continue. The full
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certification of the CSIRT in TERENA Trusted Introducer will continue once the report of the site visit is available.
  
For the Security Drills team, the German and Italian NGI SSC will be performed. Plans will be made for the next set of NGI SSC's.
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For the Security Drills team, the German and Italian NGI SSC will be performed. Plans will be made for the next set of NGI SSC's. The challenge of the NGI
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security communication infrastructure will take place.
  
Following the evaluation of pilot deployments of the site-wide Pakiti installation, a full-blown proposal for its deployment in EGI will be provided.  
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A full-blown proposal for the deployment of the site-wide monitoring system in EGI will be provided. Monitoring and probes will be developed as required by
We will finish the mechanism for better processing and aggregation of results produced by Pakiti and Nagios, which will limit the number of false-positive alerts.
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security incident and vulnerability handling.
  
 
SVG will prepare a report on the vulnerability assessments that have happened, referring back to the original plans made in early 2011.  
 
SVG will prepare a report on the vulnerability assessments that have happened, referring back to the original plans made in early 2011.  
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including invitations to join the RAT.  
 
including invitations to join the RAT.  
  
Work will continue on the deployment and testing of the Emergency Suspension mechanisms, including to sites and NGIs who do not (yet) run Argus.
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Work will continue on the deployment and testing of the Emergency Suspension mechanisms, using the deployed NGI Argus instances.
  
Various security training courses will be given. Plans are well advanced for a security workshop at ISGC 2014 in Taipei (March 2014) and the EGI Community Forum  
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Various security training courses will be given. These will include ISGC 2014 in Taipei (March 2014) and the EGI Community Forum  
 
in May.
 
in May.
  
Work will continue on forming a better understanding of the requirements for security in federated clouds. A security threat risk assessment for  
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Work will continue on forming a better understanding of the requirements for security policy and procedures in federated clouds, if effort and funding for this
federated clouds is required and will happen.
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activity can be found.
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A security threat risk assessment for  
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federated clouds will happen as part of the general review of the EGI security risk assessment.

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1. Task Meetings

Date (dd/mm/yyyy) Url Indico Agenda Title Outcome
02/12/2013 https://www.egi.eu/indico/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=1924 EGI CSIRT team face to face meeting (2-3 Dec 2013) in Bergen Aan Zee, NL Review activities of the previous month and plan for the coming month
09/01/2014 https://www.egi.eu/indico/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=2023 EGI SVG monthly meeting Review activities of the previous quarter and plan for the coming quarter
30/01/2014 https://www.egi.eu/indico/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=2045 EGI CSIRT team monthly meeting Review activities of the previous month and plan for the coming month
Weekly Video conference meetings (every Monday) Minutes recorded in EGI CSIRT private wiki (not publicly accessible) IRTF weekly meeting Operational security issues are reviewed weekly

2. Main Achievements

DRAFT at this point.

The work of the EGI CSIRT (TSA1.2), as ever, is split into several sub-groups, each of which is reported on here. The whole team continues to meet monthly by video conference, except that the November and December meetings were combined into one two-day face to face meeting at the start of December. This meeting also involved participation by security experts from PRACE and EUDAT, continuing our growing collaboration with these infrastructures.

For the Incident Response Task Force (IRTF) xx security incidents were handled during the quarter. This is more than in recent quarters and confirms the need to chase sites with the timely application of security patches. ?Provide breakdown of types of incident?. The IRTF continued to track new security vulnerabilities in operating systems and other non-Grid software, and chase sites who were vulnerable to previously announced problems.

The CSIRT has been an acreditted member of the TERENA Trusted Introducer scheme since October 2012. We are now carrying out the necessary steps to achieve full certification. An on-site visit happened in January 2014 with detailed investigation of our polices and procedures. We are awaiting the report from this vist to see what changes are required for full certification.

For the Security Drills team, we were still not able to run the planned NGI Security Service Challenges (SSC) in Germany and Italy. The final technical preparations required should now happen in February allowing the national SSC campaigns to happen soon after. A challenge of the NGI security communication infrastructure has been prepared and will take place during the next quarter.

For the monitoring team, further testing of site-wide monitoring took place at the pilot site (KIT, Germany). Work also continued on improving the combination of data from Pakiti and the NAGIOS probes to allow better viewing of security issues in a single place. A new security Nagios server was deployed with the latest release of SAM (update 22). New NAGIOS probes were developed and deployed as required to monitor new critical vulnerabilities from SVG.

The Software Vulnerability Group (SVG) continues to handle reported vulnerabilities. This quarter was somewhat quieter than recent times with 6 new vulnerabilities being addressed, including one high-risk issue. The other five issues were moderate risk or below. SVG issued two advisories that went to all EGI sites and one advisory to the EGI federated clouds team. To help deal with vulnerabilities still not patched in production code, the SVG produced an interim special version of Torque. All outstanding security assessments were completed and it has been decided that the next component to be assessed will be CVMFS if volunteer effort becomes available.

Work on the deployment of Emergency Suspension continues. About half of the NGIs have now deployed a national Argus server and testing of this infrastructure continues.

Plans have been made for a number of future training and dissemination events. Plans are well advanced for a one-day training event at the ISGC 2014 event in Taipei in March 2014. A similar event is also proposed for the EGI Community Forum in May (Helsinki).

Two members of the CSIRT attended a workshop of the EGI federated cloud team in Oxford in January. Presentations were given on the importance of operational security and a questionnaire for Cloud providers has been produced. It is clear that considerable work needs to be done on policies and procedures for the federated cloud service. New procedures for certification of cloud providers are required and we need to develop a new test suite to check basic traceability of actions and developments in security monitoring are likely to be required.

3. Issues and Mitigation

Issue Description Mitigation Description
Funding and effort for operational security in EGI Federated Clouds. Lots of work to do. We need more effort and funding. We will discuss with the EGI.eu management.


4. Plans for the next period

DRAFT at this point.

During the next quarter, the EGI CSIRT team will continue to work on all if its current activities in the same sub-groups. A face to face meeting of the whole team may be held in April if we can find a suitable date and location, if not it will have to happen after the end of EGI-InSPIRE. This meeting will review all our plans for security after EGI-InSPIRE, including the changes needed to cope with security in the EGI federated cloud service.

Apart from the usual ongoing regular operational duties, the following items are mentioned.

For IRTF, planning will continue for incident handling beyond the end of EGI-InSPIRE. Joint discussions on this topic with PRACE and EUDAT will continue. The full certification of the CSIRT in TERENA Trusted Introducer will continue once the report of the site visit is available.

For the Security Drills team, the German and Italian NGI SSC will be performed. Plans will be made for the next set of NGI SSC's. The challenge of the NGI security communication infrastructure will take place.

A full-blown proposal for the deployment of the site-wide monitoring system in EGI will be provided. Monitoring and probes will be developed as required by security incident and vulnerability handling.

SVG will prepare a report on the vulnerability assessments that have happened, referring back to the original plans made in early 2011. It should be noted that all the software which was planned to be assessed in this original plan has had their assessments completed or they are currently in progress. Plans will be made for which pieces of software should have priority for the future, assuming this activity is able continue. This will probably include one or more of Data Management and software enabling cloud federation. Engagement with the EGI Federated cloud team is required, including invitations to join the RAT.

Work will continue on the deployment and testing of the Emergency Suspension mechanisms, using the deployed NGI Argus instances.

Various security training courses will be given. These will include ISGC 2014 in Taipei (March 2014) and the EGI Community Forum in May.

Work will continue on forming a better understanding of the requirements for security policy and procedures in federated clouds, if effort and funding for this activity can be found. A security threat risk assessment for federated clouds will happen as part of the general review of the EGI security risk assessment.