Andrew Morris got on a roll the other day and whacked out this tweetstorm describing the three key use cases for GreyNoise. You can check out the original Twitter thread here. Enjoy!
I looked up the IP address and, oh wow! It's just Shodan! GreyNoise already marked it as benign. No big deal. Paste a link in your ticket to the GreyNoise visualizer and move on.
Maybe I don't want to use the GreyNoise web interface. Let's say I look up the IP in the free unauthenticated GreyNoise Community API and... cool, reports back that it's Censys. No problemo. Move on.
Let's say I look up an IP address, and it comes back with this big scary red IP address that says "malicious." What does this mean?
Well, this means that the IP is probably malicious (or was observed by GreyNoise doing something bad on our sensors), but whatever attack you're seeing is not targeted at *you specifically*. It was an opportunistic attack. Background noise.
What if the IP address... doesn't come back at all?
This means that we've never seen that IP scanning/crawling the Internet, and it doesn't belong to any benign business services. It actually *might* be targeted your organization specifically. Investigate.
The GreyNoise Community API is rate limited to a few thousand lookups per day, but it's completely free and unauthenticated. As long as we continue to add enterprise customers and can afford to pay our staff and AWS bills, this will continue to be free.
Note that you don't get context, raw data, metadata, or tags using the Community API. Sorry folks, we've gotta make our money somewhere. This is available in our Enterprise API. If you want this data via API, hit up our sales team. But hey, it's free.
Fun fact: Just about every customer we have at GreyNoise sees at least a 20% alert contextualization/reduction rate from using GreyNoise. That's a LOT of wasted human hours spent chasing ghosts.
Now let's say you've had an incident, and you need to figure out which of the gazillion IP addresses in some log file compromised your device.
No problemo. Just dump the log file (or just the IP addresses) into the GreyNoise analysis page, and now you can do two things:
Here's an Analysis from an SSH auth.log I grabbed on a live server on the Internet.
Let's say I'm trawling through a ton of netflow logs, and I want to identify any connections OUT of my network that might be going to bad guys.
I can filter known-benign services (Zoom, Github, Office365, Cloudflare, etc.). I can use GreyNoise RIOT ("Rule It OuT") for this.
*I'd like to note here that the IPs in RIOT *could potentially* be used by a sufficiently advanced adversary to attack you (async c2, etc.), but that doesn't mean that 99% of bad guys will be doing this, and it's not like you can just *BLOCK ZOOM* and not expect blowback.
Don't think of RIOT as a NACL or whitelist/allowlist. Think of RIOT as added context and a time-saver. You can either find out from GreyNoise via RIOT, or you can find out from your helpdesk reps when you block an IP and execs suddenly can't send emails anymore ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Let's say I want to find compromised devices that belong to ME, my users, or just some interesting network around the world.
Just punch in a GNQL query into the web interface of the IP block I'm interested in + the facet: "classification:malicious"
You can actually also find compromised devices in other facets as well. Here are examples of finding compromised devices in a specific country or using free text search to find compromised devices in hospitals or government facilities (or both):
You can use your FREE GreyNoise account to register alerts on any network block or IPs. Once you've registered your alerts, we email you if we see any of your IPs get compromised (e.g., unexpectedly start scanning the internet )
You can use GreyNoise to find whether a given vulnerability is being opportunistically exploited or "vuln checked" at scale. Simply craft a GNQL query for CVE.
When a big scary vulnerability is announced, basically everyone has the exact same thought:
"How much do I **really** have to care about this? Is this... being exploited in the wild right now?"
GreyNoise is declaring war on this ambiguity.
You can also see *which* CVEs a given IP address is probing the internet for or opportunistically exploiting. This list is not exhaustive - it takes a lot of work to add coverage to these. This is what @ackmage @nathanqthai and @4b4c41 do.
We have a long ways to go on properly productizing this offering. It's really hard to do at scale, and not every vulnerability can be exploited in a way that GreyNoise will ever see. That said, we'll be announcing some new offerings focusing on this use case later this year.
Our business model is pretty simple:
Expect a lot of this stuff to shift over the next few months/years as we find better ways to price/package our features.
That pretty much covers it.
Here are my asks to you:
And, of course, ping me anytime. I can't promise a snappy response, but I try to clear my inbox at least every few weeks (aspirational). My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, last thing. We tag like... hundreds of activities and actors and exploits and vuln probes and tools. Check them all out here (it's searchable, but the layout is pretty unwieldy considering how massive our tag library is now).