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* Integration with dashboards, UI improvements
* Integration with dashboards, UI improvements
* Operation of the EGI Pakiti server at CESNET
* Operation of the EGI Pakiti server at CESNET
* Simplification of the installation procedure

=== Security monitoring with Nagios ===
=== Security monitoring with Nagios ===

Revision as of 11:08, 26 July 2010


public team pages| Incident Response Task Force (IRTF) | Security Drills Group (SDG) | Security Monitoring Group (SMG) |
public pages | Mission | Incident reporting | Dissemination | Alerts | Operational notices | Monitoring | Security challenges | Policies | Contacts |

Security Monitoring Group

Long-term Objectives

Security monitoring is a key component to security. The EGI CSIRT works to provide the EGI security staff with tools and procedures to detect and contain security incidents as well as weaknesses that could lead to a compromise. In doing so, the EGI CSIRT collaborates closely with the sites and NGI, however it does not provide replacements for site and NGI level monitoring. Even though the results developed are primarily ment for EGI, they should be designed and developed so that they could be utilized on the site and/or NGI level as well.

The EGI CSIRT strives to collect various information from the infrastructure, even using own probes and sensors or by combining results generated by other systems (e.g., accounting) on different levels of the infrastructure. The data collected will be evaluated based on current needs and risks, and alarms raised accordingly. The security monitoring system will provide both high-level overview to get a quick notion about the infrastructure as well as a sufficient level of details necessary to sort out security issues detected. The system will archive and evaluate history to follow and forecast trends in security.

Security monitoring will also provide mechanisms and tools to assist inincident containment, for example to gather important log records. Information about users' activities will be used to identify last actions performed by a user to e.g. estimate the sites possibly infected. A way of (semi)automated processing of alerts and warnings issued by the EGI security groups will be investigate and possibly developed.

In order to accomplish the objectives, the EGI CSIRT will develop own tools, mainly to grid specific areas and use existing tools if possible and adviseon their usage. Developed probes are not intrusive and do not attempt tocircumvent any security mehanisms and are not resource intensive. Results collected by these probes are only available to the EGI CSIRT members and communicated to the appropriate site security contacts. We will also provide recommendations and advisories to the sites and NGI as to how to combine existing technologies to provide efficient local security monitoring. When applicable, collaboration will be established with similar groups of NREN CSIRTs.


The lists of action at each task are not definite and will be discussed further. Some of tasks are well understood and there exist a vision about their focus. Other tasks will require more discussions about the actual contect and particular goals that are feasible.

Monitoring of security patches using Pakiti

  • finer access control, e.g., based on information from GOC DB
  • Generating statistics and reports
  • Tagging of and notifications (alarms) about severe vulnerabilities
  • Producing OVAL format for EGI advisories (e.g. SVG ones) and their processing
  • Support NGIs in setting a local instances of Pakiti
  • Performance improvements if needed/asked
  • Integration with existing monitoring frameworks (Nagios)
  • Pakiti server verification
  • Integration with dashboards, UI improvements
  • Operation of the EGI Pakiti server at CESNET
  • Simplification of the installation procedure

Security monitoring with Nagios

  • Development of new probes (based on risk analysis and experience with previous incidents)
  • Support for short-lived "dynamic" probes (if needed) (a procedure and template for a quick introduction of new "volatile" probes testing some very particular characteristics, which needs a fast reaction
  • guides, docs for NGIs/sites
  • Support NGIs in setting local instances of CSIRT Nagios
  • operation of the CSIRT Nagios instance at GRNET
  • Handling of results (raising alarms, sending notifications, access control to results, ...)
  • Evaluation of possible integration of security probes with standard Nagios (securing results, ...)
  • Integration with dashboards
  • Evaluation of results from multiple different sources
  • Aggregating security alerts in a single place

Tracing users

  • Tools to collect information about users from multiple sources (L&B, accounting, logs)
  • Evaluation of this data to trace users' last steps on demand
  • Evaluating log records produced by grid middleware (including checking that components logs appropriate information)

Site level tools

  • recommendation for setting up a central syslog server
  • specification of filters for the syslog
  • (semi)automatic processing of EGI security advisories (checking logs for IP addresses, DNs, ...)
  • best practises for log maintanence

Security Dashboard

  • providing a single place to overwiew current status, history and provide additional details
  • integration with existing EGI dashboards and appropriate frameworks will be evaluated



  • Daniel Kouril (, Czech Republic NGI


Name NGI Home Organization Effort Available (PM or FTE)
Stuart Kenny Ireland NGI TCD
David O'Callaghan Ireland NGI TCD
Christos Triantafyllidis Greek NGI AUTH
Jinny Chien - ASGC
Daniel Kouril Czech Republic NGI CESNET 0.25 FTE
Michal Prochazka Czech Republic NGI CESNET 0.25 FTE
Dusan Vudragovic Serbia NGI AEGIS
Angela Poschlad German NGI KIT
Bartlomiej Balcerek Poland NGI WCSS (CYFRONET) 4
Emir Imamagic Croatia NGI
Riccardo Brunetti Italy NGI INFN
Guiseppe Misurelli Italy NGI INFN
Dorine Fouossong France NGI