To set up the environments for Splunk Enterprise and Splunk SOAR

  • The reason I started writing this is that I will be attending ".conf24" in a month.
  • I'm not very good at English, and I thought it would be a problem if I didn't know a certain amount beforehand, so I decided to study in advance.
  • This is not intended to gain access, so I will include data integration and other details all at once.

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What is Splunk?

There are various descriptions about it, but in a nutshell, it is a company that provides tools to make log searches easier. When we talk about Splunk, we generally refer to "Splunk Enterprise," which is a tool that makes searching logs easier.
(In this blog, we will refer to "Splunk Enterprise" simply as Splunk.)

When I visited Splunk in the past, I was told that the name comes from a game called "Spelunker," which is about cave exploration.
Reference: Splunk Company Information - About Splunk

Difference between Splunk Enterprise and Splunk SOAR

As mentioned earlier, Splunk Enterprise is a tool that makes searching logs easier. It can also issue alerts when specific logs are received.
Splunk SOAR is a tool that automates alert processing. Companies that have implemented Splunk often add SOAR to automate alert processing.

Preparing the Environment

This time, we will install both Splunk and SOAR, but their system requirements differ.
In this blog, I will run VMware on Windows 11, Splunk on Ubuntu, and SOAR on CentOS.

Host PC Information
OS: Windows 11
CPU: i7-12700
Memory: 32GB

Required System Requirements


Version to be installed: 9.2.1
The minimum requirements according to the official site are as follows.

An x86 64-bit chip architecture
12 physical CPU cores, or 24 vCPU at 2 GHz or greater speed per core.
12 GB RAM.
A 1 Gb Ethernet NIC, optional second NIC for a management network.
A 64-bit Linux or Windows distribution.
Reference: Splunk Document - Reference hardware

However, in my environment, I found that the following configuration was sufficient for testing purposes.

VMware settings:
OS: Ubuntu
Memory: 4GB
Processor: 4
Hard disk: 60GB


Version to be installed:
The minimum requirements according to the official site are as follows.

Processor: 1 CPU with a minimum of 4 cores
Memory: Minimum 8GB RAM, recommended 16GB
Storage: Minimum 500GB of disk space.
Reference: Splunk Document - System requirements for evaluation use

However, in my environment, I found that the following configuration was sufficient for testing purposes.

VMware settings:
OS: CentOS (Ubuntu is not supported)
Memory: 4GB
Processor: 4
Hard disk: 60GB

Installing Splunk

Setting up a VMware Ubuntu Virtual Environment

While there are many resources discussing how to install Ubuntu, here is a brief overview. Download the Ubuntu ISO file from the link below. Note that the file is nearly 6GB, so downloading it on the go may consume a significant amount of data.

Reference: Ubuntu - Get Ubuntu

It has been confirmed that attempting to install the latest Ubuntu 24.04 version on a VM results in errors. Therefore, it is recommended to set up your environment using Ubuntu 22.04 from the link below.
Reference: Ubuntu 22.04.4 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish)

Reference screenshot of the setup:

VMware setup screenshot

Screenshot of Ubuntu username and password setup
Note: Since this is for a testing environment, it is generally acceptable among engineers to set both the ID and PW as "ubuntu". Also, setting the language to English is convenient as setting it to Japanese might make some folder names confusing.

After installation, run the following commands to update:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Downloading Splunk

Next, download and install the files to set up the Splunk environment.
Reference: Splunk - Installation Manual

You will need to register an account before downloading Splunk. After registering, proceed with the download.

You can ingest up to 500MB of data per day. Confirm that you can copy the .tgz wget link under "Select an installation package".
Run the following command on Ubuntu:

cd /usr/local/src
sudo wget -O splunk-9.2.1-xxxxxxx-Linux-x86_64.tgz "https://download.splunk.com/products/splunk/releases/9.2.1/linux/splunk-9.2.1-xxxxxxxxx-Linux-x86_64.tgz"
# Download the file

sudo tar zxvf splunk-9.2.1-xxxxxxx-Linux-x86_64.tgz
sudo mv splunk ../
# Move from "/usr/local/src/splunk" to "/usr/local/splunk"

sudo chown -R ubuntu:ubuntu /usr/local/splunk
# Change ownership and group of all files under "/usr/local/splunk" to "ubuntu" user and "ubuntu" group

export SPLUNK_HOME=/usr/local/splunk
# Add environment variable

cp splunk-launch.conf.default splunk-launch.conf
vi splunk-launch.conf

## Edit the following part ##
# SPLUNK_HOME=/home/build/build-home
## Add the above ##

After successfully completing the above installation steps, run the following command to start Splunk:

cd /usr/local/splunk/bin
./splunk start --accept-license

ubuntu@ubuntu-virtual-machine:/usr/local/splunk/bin$ ./splunk start --accept-license
This appears to be your first time running this version of Splunk.
Splunk software must create an administrator account during startup. Otherwise, you cannot log in.
Create credentials for the administrator account.
Characters do not appear on the screen when you type in credentials.

Please enter an administrator username: admin
Password must contain at least:
   * 8 total printable ASCII character(s).
Please enter a new password: 
Please confirm new password:

Waiting for web server at to be available.................. Done

If you get stuck, we're here to help.  
Look for answers here: http://docs.splunk.com

The Splunk web interface is at http://ubuntu-virtual-machine:8000

Reference: Qiita - Setting Up Splunk Enterprise

Successfully confirmed that Splunk started and logged in!

Introduction of SOAR

Building a CentOS Virtual Environment on VMware

As the CentOS installation process is discussed extensively elsewhere, I will introduce it briefly here.
Download the CentOS ISO file from the following link. Note that the file is nearly 4GB, so be cautious about your data usage if you plan to do this outside.

Reference) CentOS - Download

Below are reference screenshots during the setup process

Once the installation is complete, perform the following commands to update, etc.

su -
usermod -aG wheel centos #Your created username

#Log out once

sudo yum update
sudo yum upgrade
#By the way, there isn't much difference between these two commands...?

SOAR Installation

For the installation of SOAR, there are surprisingly few Japanese resources available...
I hope this blog will be useful.
Reference) Splunk - Install and Upgrade Splunk SOAR

When downloading SOAR, you will need to register for an account first. (If you already have an account with Splunk, you can log in directly.)
After registering an account, proceed to download.

I thought, "Splunk was in Japanese, but this one is in English..." while confirming that the site can display and you can copy the wget link.

Execute the following commands on CentOS

sudo yum clean all
sudo yum update
#Reboot if there are any updates

sudo adduser phantom
sudo passwd phantom
#Create a user named phantom

sudo mkdir /opt/phantom
sudo chown phantom:phantom /opt/phantom
wget -O splunk_soar-unpriv- "https://download.splunk.com/products/splunk_soar-unpriv/releases/6.2.1/linux/splunk_soar-unpriv-"
sudo tar -xzvf ./splunk_soar-unpriv- 
sudo ./splunk-soar/soar-prepare-system --splunk-soar-home /opt/phantom --https-port 8443

After executing the last command, respond to the prompts as follows

Do you wish to proceed? (y/N): y
このまま続行しますか? (y/N): y

Download packages available in the default CentOS and RHEL repos (Y/n): y
デフォルトのCentOSおよびRHELリポジトリにあるパッケージをダウンロードしますか? (Y/n): y

GlusterFS is only needed if you are using an external file share. This is common if you're constructing a Splunk SOAR cluster. Do you want to run this step? (Y/n): n
GlusterFSは外部ファイル共有を使用している場合にのみ必要です。これはSplunk SOARクラスターを構築する場合によくあります。このステップを実行しますか? (Y/n): n

Ensure that the required ports are opened in firewalld. Do not run if not using firewalld. Do you want to run this step? (Y/n): y
firewalldで必要なポートが開いていることを確認します。firewalldを使用していない場合は実行しないでください。このステップを実行しますか? (Y/n): y

Make Splunk SOAR available on the default HTTPS port (443) in addition to the configured port. Do not run if not using firewalld or if creating a cluster. Do you want to run this step? (Y/n): n
設定されたポートに加えて、デフォルトのHTTPSポート(443)でもSplunk SOARを利用可能にします。firewalldを使用していない場合やクラスターを作成している場合は実行しないでください。このステップを実行しますか? (Y/n): n

Set system resource limits for Splunk SOAR user, particularly file descriptor limits, which are low by default. (Y/n): y
Splunk SOARユーザーのシステムリソース制限を設定します。特にファイルディスクリプタ制限はデフォルトでは低く設定されています。 (Y/n): y

With these responses, the pre-installation is complete.

sudo chown -R phantom:phantom splunk-soar

Execute the above command, log out, and log in as the phantom user.
After logging in, proceed with the final installation.

cd /tmp
./splunk-soar/soar-install --splunk-soar-home /opt/phantom --https-port 8443 --ignore-warnings 

This installation takes about 10 minutes, so be patient.
If "Completed install of Splunk SOAR!" is displayed, the installation is complete!
URL: localhost:8443
ID: soar_local_admin
PW: password

Reference) SPL 200: Installing Splunk SOAR (15 pts)

Splunk and SOAR Integration Settings

We will explain the settings based on the following reference.

Reference: Splunk App for SOAR Export - Use the Splunk App for SOAR Export to Forward Events

SOAR Settings

Create an account as shown above.
Make sure to create an account for Automation.
There is a section in "Authorization Configuration for REST API" that needs to be entered in Splunk later.

Splunk Settings

Install the Splunk Common Information Model (CIM) app.
(Although the Splunk official documentation states that it must be installed, it seems to work without it...)

If the app is successfully installed, you might press "Open App," but for some reason, "Oops. Page not found! Click here to return to Splunk homepage." appears. Mysterious...

Install the Splunk App for SOAR Export.

Open the "APP" once it is successfully installed.

Note: If your Splunk environment does not have SSL certificate settings, the following configuration is necessary (most people will need to do this):

curl -ku '<username>:<password>' https://<splunkaddress>:8089/servicesNS/nobody/phantom/configs/conf-phantom/verify_certs\?output_mode\=json -d value=0

Enter the authentication information obtained from SOAR in the settings.

Confirm that the settings have been successfully configured.

HTTP Event Collector (HEC) Settings

The configuration of this part is explained in many places, so the main parts are omitted here.
Reference: Qiita - Importing Data into Splunk with Python (Combination of RestAPI + HEC)

Configure as follows:

If the above settings are successfully completed, execute the following command:

curl -k "https://<splunkaddress>:8088/services/collector/event" -H "Authorization: Splunk <token>" -d '{"event": "Hello, world", "sourcetype": "hello", "fields": {"ts1": "hi", "ts2": ["hello1", "hello2"]}}'

Successfully complete the HEC settings.

Creating Alerts

The method for setting up alerts is also explained in many places, so it is largely omitted.

Set it up as follows:

Integration Settings Complete

Once all the above settings are completed, execute the following command:

curl -k "https://<splunkaddress>:8088/services/collector/event" -H "Authorization: Splunk <token>" -d '{"event": "Hello, world2", "sourcetype": "hello", "fields": {"ts1": "hi", "ts2": ["hello1", "hello2"]}}'

Check in SOAR to confirm that the event data integration is successful.


I hope the settings have been successfully completed!
Good job!

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