DFIR Playbook - Network Forensics

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This post aims to replicate my physical playbook on Networking and includes the following tools

- tshark
- capinfos
- Network Miner
- editcap
- nfdummp
- bro
- passivedns
- zcat

Future editions will include Snort and Live Monitoring


Converting PCAPs

From To Command
pcap netflow nfcapd -r <pcapfile> -S 1 -z -l <Outputdirectory>
pcap zeek bro <profile> -r <pcapfile> profiles listed in /opt/bro/share/bro/site/<name>.bro
pcap dns passivedns -r <pcapfile> -l dnslog.txt -L nxdomain.txt Not included in SIFT, see repo
pcapng pcap tcpdump -r <pcapngfile> -w pcap.pcap
gz grep’able text zcat <gzfile>
LargePCAP FilteredPCAP tcpdump port 80 -r in.pcap -w out.pcap
LargePCAP PlainTextWebPCAP tshark -r Capture.pcap -Y "http.request or http.response or dns" -w Capture-Web.pcap Note:tshark will ONLY capture port 80, if HTTP traffic is on other ports, use TCPDump with port numbers

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Analysing PCAPs

Description Command  
HTTP Packet Counter tshark -r <pcapfile> -z http,tree -q  
Info capinfos <pcapfile>  
Basic filter output tshark -r <pcapfile> -Y '<filters>' See Wireshark wiki or Unit42 for filter examples
Note:tshark uses wireshark filters
Get files from pcap tcpflow -r <pcapfile> -o <outputdirectory> or networkminer
*Note: see Netresec for network miner installation instructions
Splice PCAP by before time editcap -B "<YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS Before Time>" <pcapfile> spliced.pcap  
Splice PCAP by after time editcap -A "<YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS After Time>" <pcapfile> spliced.pcap  
Forensics Analysis tshark -r <pcap file> -Y <display filters> -T fields -e <Fields To display>
Can be combined with |sort|uniq -c | sort -nr for statistical analysis
Fields Use one -e for each field, examples include ip.addr udp frame.number or to show protocol fields from wireshark use _ws.col for example _ws.col.info or _ws.col.dns.query. To print all available fields use tshark -G fields or see Wireshark documentation
Filter pcaps (Reduce them down) tcpdump -n -r <pcapfile> -w out.pcap <filter>
filter could be udp and port 53 for DNS traffic see TCP Dump filters for more examples
Yet Another Filter pcaps (Reduce them down) .\tshark.exe -r <input pcap> -Y <display filters> -w out.pcap  
Dump netflow nfdump -R <inputdirectory> <options> <filter> -o fmt.<format string>
see 572 Poster for usage
Convert PCAP to http.log, files.log, conn.log
Not nativley included in SIFT, download from zeek-packages
zeek -r <filename>  
Filter zeek columns cat http.log | zeek-cut column_name  
DNS Quick Wins tshark -r <pcap file> -z dns,tree grep

Extracting Certificates for TLS Traffic

  1. Open Wireshark
  2. Find the relevant certificate with the following wireshark filter tls.handshake.type == 11 and an identifier such as IP or domain name that resolves to that endpoint. You can also use tls.handshake.extensions_server_name contains <name> if you know the domain name then follow the stream.
  3. Right click the certificate entry and selct “Export Packet Bytes” image
  4. Save the file as a .der certificate
  5. Convert to pem with openssl x509 -inform der -in hotjar.der -out hotjar.pem


  1. WIP


  1. WIP

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