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This Zeek script framework communicates with the Zeek Agent to perform live queries against the agent's tables and then incorporat the results back into Zeek's processing & logging. In addition to tables built in, the agent can connect to osquery to retrieve any of the host data provided there.

Note: This framework is still a work in progress and expected to change further in terms of API, functionality, and implementation. It's not also not been fully "Zeekified" yet.


The framework requires Zeek 3.0, which you can download and install per the instructions on the Zeek web site.

You will also need to install the Zeek Agent itself, as well as optionally osquery, according to these instructions.


The easiest way to install the zeek-agent framework is through the Zeek package manager. If you have not installed the package manager yet, do that first:

# pip install zkg
# zkg autoconfig

# zkg install zeek/zeek-agent-framework

Alternatively, you can clone the repository manually and copy it over into Zeek's site folder:

# git clone
# cp -a zeek-agent-framework/zeek-agent $(zeek-config --site_dir)

If you'd rather run it directly out of the local repository clone (rather than site), set your ZEEKPATH accordingly:

# export ZEEKPATH=<path/to/zeek-agent-framework>:$(zeek-config --zeekpath)


Using any of the three installation methods above, you can now load the framework when you start Zeek:

# zeek zeek-agent

Once you start up any agents, you should start seeing a new Zeek log file zeek-agent.log that records the hosts connecting to Zeek:

# cat zeek-agent.log
#fields    ts       source  peer        level   message
1576768875.018249	local	BroMaster	info	Subscribing to bro announce topic /zeek/zeek-agent/bro_announce
1576768875.018249	local	BroMaster	info	Subscribing to bro individual topic /zeek/zeek-agent/bro/C6EAF3CFDF46831E2D9103E5A1C48F78AD873A00#10223
1576768877.709030	local	BroMaster	info	Incoming connection established from C6EAF3CFDF46831E2D9103E5A1C48F78AD873A3C#7503

You won't see much more at first as there's nothing sending queries to the endhost yet. However, there's an additional set of scripts coming with the framework that installs queries against selected tables and turns the results into Zeek log files.

To enable the querying the agent's built-in tables (which are currently all audit-based), load the zeek-agent/tables module:

# zeek zeek-agent/tables

To enable these permanently, put @load zeek-agent/tables into your local.zeek file.

Once enabled, you'll start seeing these additional Zeek log files:

  • agent-process_events.log: Records processes running on the hosts, as reported by Linux's audit system.
  • agent-socket_events.log: Records sockets being opened, as reported by Linux's audit system.

If you have osquery installed and built the Zeek Agent with corresponding support, you can enable additional osquery-based tables by loading zeek-agent/tables/osquery. You'll then start seeing:

  • agent-interface.log: Records network interfaces added to the hosts
  • agent-listening_ports.log: Records network ports listening for incoming connections.
  • agent-mounts.log: Records devices being mounted.
  • agent-prcocesses.log: Records new processes (non-evented, meaning short-lived instances may be missed)
  • agent-process_open_sockets: Records sockets being opened (non-evented, meaning short-lived instances may be missed)
  • agent-users: Records users being added to a host.

In addition to all these, there are two more logs recording Zeek Agent activity once the framework is loaded:

  • zeek-agent-hosts.log: Records the hosts connecting to Zeek with their subscriptions.
  • zeek-agent-logger.log: Aggregates the agent-side logs, as also recorded by the Zeek Agent on the endhosts themselves.


This Zeek framework is based on an earlier implementation by Steffan Haas, with recent work contributed by Corelight and Trail of Bits.

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