Aviary is a new dashboard that CISA and partners developed to help visualize and analyze outputs from its Sparrow detection tool released in December 2020. Sparrow helps network defenders detect possible compromised accounts and applications in Azure/Microsoft O365 environments. CISA created Sparrow to support hunts for threat activity following the SolarWinds compromise. Aviary--a Splunk-base dashboard--facilitates analysis of Sparrow data outputs.
To download Aviary, visit releases.
Sparrow.ps1 was created by CISA's Cloud Forensics team to help detect possible compromised accounts and applications in the Azure/m365 environment. The tool is intended for use by incident responders, and focuses on the narrow scope of user and application activity endemic to identity and authentication based attacks seen recently in multiple sectors. It is neither comprehensive nor exhaustive of available data, and is intended to narrow a larger set of available investigation modules and telemetry to those specific to recent attacks on federated identity sources and applications.
Sparrow.ps1 will check and install the required PowerShell modules on the analysis machine, check the unified audit log in Azure/M365 for certain indicators of compromise (IoC's), list Azure AD domains, and check Azure service principals and their Microsoft Graph API permissions to identify potential malicious activity. The tool then outputs the data into multiple CSV files that are located in the user's default home directory in a folder called 'ExportDir' (ie: Desktop/ExportDir).
For more guidance on how to use Sparrow and Aviary, please see: https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/alerts/aa21-008a
The following AzureAD/m365 permissions are required to run Sparrow.ps1, and provide it read-only access to the Tenant.
- Azure Active Directory:
- Security Reader
- Security and Compliance Center:
- Compliance Administrator
- Exchange Online Admin Center: Utilize a custom group for these specific permissions:
- Mail Recipients
- Security Group Creation and Membership
- User options
- View-Only Audit log
- View-Only Configuration
- View-Only Recipients
To check for the MailItemsAccessed Operation, your tenant organization requires an Office 365 or Microsoft 365 E5/G5 license.
Unified Audit Logs will need to be enabled.
Sparrow.ps1 does not require any extra steps for installation once the permissions detailed in Requirements are satisfied.
The function, Check-PSModules, will check to see if the three required PowerShell modules are installed on the system and if not, it will use the default PowerShell repository on the system to reach out and install. If the modules are present but not imported, the script will also import the missing modules so that they are ready for use.
The required PowerShell modules:
- ExchangeOnlineManagement (https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/ExchangeOnlineManagement/2.0.3)
- AzureAD (https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/AzureAD/22.214.171.124)
- MSOnline (https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/MSOnline/126.96.36.199)
To install the PowerShell modules, run the following commands:
Install-Module ExchangeOnlineManagement Install-Module AzureAD Install-Module MSOnline
To download and run Sparrow.ps1, type the following command into a PowerShell window (assuming file is in your working directory):
Invoke-WebRequest 'https://github.com/cisagov/Sparrow/raw/develop/Sparrow.ps1' -OutFile 'Sparrow.ps1' -UseBasicParsing; .\Sparrow.ps1
Using Behind A Proxy
If you are executing the script from behind a proxy, you may need to run the following commands, substituting your proxy server prior to execution:
[System.Net.WebRequest]::DefaultWebProxy = New-Object System.Net.WebProxy('http://proxyname:port') [System.Net.WebRequest]::DefaultWebProxy.Credentials = [System.Net.CredentialCache]::DefaultNetworkCredentials
If you have issues using the code, open an issue on the repository!
You can do this by clicking "Issues" at the top and clicking "New Issue" on the following page.
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