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Collect logs for VMware Carbon Black

This page provides instructions for adding a hosted collector, HTTP, and S3 sources, then configuring collection agents to collect findings for the Carbon Black App.

Collection overview

VMware Carbon Black Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) events can be sent to Sumo Logic via its event forwarder mechanism. The cb-event-forwarder can be installed on any 64-bit Linux machine running CentOS 6.x. It can be installed on the same machine as the Carbon Black server, or any other machine. Data can be sent in either JSON or LEEF format, both of which are supported by Sumo Logic.

VMware Carbon Black Cloud Endpoint Standard events can be collected via VMware Carbon Black Event Forwarder S3 mechanism and a Sumo Logic S3 source.

For more in-depth information, see Endpoint Standard and EDR documentation.

Step 1: Add a Hosted Collector

To add a hosted collector, perform the steps as defined on the page Configure a Hosted Collector.

Step 2: Configure Collection for VMware Carbon Black EDR

To configure collection, add an HTTP Source, get credentials for VMware Carbon Black, and configure the event forwarder.

Add an HTTP Source for VMware Carbon Black EDR

To add an HTTP source for VMware Carbon Black EDR do the following:

  1. Add HTTP Logs and Metrics Source for VMware Carbon Black EDR.



Get credentials from VMware Carbon Black EDR

VMware Carbon Black EDR event forwarder requires a RabbitMQ Username and Password. Copy RabbitMQUser and RabbitMQPassword from /etc/cb.conf from the VMware Carbon Black EDR server. These will be required in the next step.

Configure the event forwarder for VMware Carbon Black EDR

This section provides instructions for configuring the collection of VMware Carbon Black EDR events. 

To configure the collection of VMware Carbon Black EDR events:

  1. If it isn't already present, install the CbOpenSource repository.

cd /etc/yum.repos.d
curl -O
  1. Install the RPM with YUM.
yum install cb-event-forwarder
  1. Configure cb-event-forwarder

  • If installing on a machine other than the Carbon Black EDR server, copy the RabbitMQ username and password into the rabbit_mq_username and rabbit_mq_password variables in /etc/cb/integrations/event-forwarder/cb-event-forwarder.conf file. Also fill out the cb_server_hostname with the hostname or IP address where the Carbon Black EDR server can be reached.
  • If the cb-event-forwarder is forwarding events from a Carbon Black EDR cluster, the cb_server_hostname should be set to the hostname or IP address of the Carbon Black EDR master node. More details here.
  • Additionally set the following variables in the cb-event-forwarder.conf:

- output_type as http

- output_format as JSON or LEEF as required

- httpout as the HTTP Source Address from the previous step

  • Ensure that the configuration is correct, by running (as root) the cb-event-forwarder in check mode:
/usr/share/cb/integrations/event-forwarder/cb-event-forwarder -check

If everything is OK, you will see a message starting with "Initialized output”. If there are errors, they will appear on your screen.

  1. Start and stop the service.

Once the service is installed, it is managed by the Upstart init system in CentOS 6.x. You can control the service with the initctl command:

  • To start the service: 
initctl start cb-event-forwarder
  • To stop the service: 
initctl stop cb-event-forwarder

Step 3: Configure Collection for VMware Carbon Black Cloud Endpoint Standard

Add an S3 Source for VMware Carbon Black Cloud Endpoint Standard

To add an S3 source for VMware Carbon Black Cloud Endpoint Standard, do the following

  1. Create a new bucket in S3 for Cloud Endpoint Standard events collection.
  2. Add an S3 for Cloud Endpoint Standard as per the below example. Populate the bucket name and path as created in the previous step.

Configure VMware Carbon Black Cloud Endpoint Standard to send alerts and events to S3

VMware Carbon Black Cloud Endpoint Standard events will be pushed to S3 via VMware Carbon Black Event Forwarder S3 and will be collected via Sumo logic S3 source. 

To configure the Event Forwarder, follow the steps mentioned here. Please carefully evaluate this information to assure that your configuration reflects the data set you would like to send to Sumo Logic.

Utilize the S3 bucket created in the previous steps while configuring the Event Forwarder.

Step 4: Verify Sumo is receiving findings

In Sumo, open a Live Tail tab and run a search to verify Sumo is receiving findings. Search by the source category you assigned to the HTTP Source that receives the log data, for example:

_sourceCategory="cb_edr_events" or _sourceCategory="cb_endpoint_standard_events"

For more information, see Live Tail.

Sample Log Messages

This section provides examples of JSON and LEEF log messages.

VMware Carbon Black Cloud Endpoint Standard - JSON

  "type": "WATCHLIST",
  "id": "efaa284a-a995-4de9-b524-a548d3fb06da",
  "legacy_alert_id": "7DESJ9GN-00340e2b-000005a4-00000000-1d70b72a8bf72ad-6C3681D234D45B831699EB80627C96F6",
  "org_key": "7DESJ9GN",
  "create_time": "2021-03-03T09:31:45Z",
  "last_update_time": "2021-03-03T09:31:45Z",
  "first_event_time": "2021-03-03T09:27:30Z",
  "last_event_time": "2021-03-03T09:27:30Z",
  "threat_id": "CF6977EA8CB7343813145381835E9D25",
  "severity": 8,
  "category": "WARNING",
  "device_id": 3411499,
  "device_os": "WINDOWS",
  "device_name": "QA\\VM-2k12-DG01",
  "device_username": "",
  "policy_id": 6525,
  "policy_name": "Default",
  "target_value": "LOW",
  "workflow": {
"state": "OPEN",
"remediation": "",
"last_update_time": "2021-03-03T09:30:39Z",
"comment": "",
"changed_by": "Carbon Black"
  "device_internal_ip": "",
  "device_external_ip": "",
  "alert_url": "",
  "reason_code": "Process procman.exe was detected by the report \"Processes NOT Listed and Not Signed\" in watchlist \"TEST Use Cases for Adaptive Response Actions\"",
  "process_name": "procman.exe",
  "threat_indicators": [
   "process_name": "procman.exe",
   "sha256": "c926606c9372da3b8033307011dbee69879ed374024d8dacea405d05c724f244",
   "ttps": [
  "threat_cause_actor_sha256": "c926606c9372da3b8033307011dbee69879ed374024d8dacea405d05c724f244",
  "threat_cause_actor_name": "procman.exe",
  "threat_cause_reputation": "NOT_LISTED",
  "threat_cause_threat_category": "RESPONSE_WATCHLIST",
  "threat_cause_vector": "UNKNOWN",
  "run_state": "RAN",
  "ioc_id": "3c1ae54d-96c8-42a7-ada0-d2db38c9a081",
  "ioc_hit": "(process_reputation:NOT_LISTED AND NOT process_publisher_state:FILE_SIGNATURE_STATE_SIGNED)",
  "watchlists": [
   "id": "BeCXz92RjiQxN1PnYlM6w",
   "name": "TEST Use Cases for Adaptive Response Actions"
  "process_guid": "7DESJ9GN-00340e2b-000005a4-00000000-1d70b72a8bf72ad",
  "process_path": "c:\\program files\\abc\\administration api\\admin api\\dependencies\\procman-beta\\procman.exe",
  "report_name": "Processes NOT Listed and Not Signed",
  "report_id": "7M4vlko3THG1v6a0kGOtpw",
  "status": "UNRESOLVED"

VMware Carbon Black EDR - JSON 

  "group":"mnt 3rd wave",

Carbon Black EDR LEEF

1234 <12>0 2019-01-31T16:12:54.111+0530 previous-gymnast cb-notifications 94538 - - type=event process_guid=0000148e-0000-0c70-01d4-a8dc9f4b27b2 
segment_id=1547094054393 host='rhel-agent1' comms_ip='' interface_ip=''  
sensor_id=4994 feed_id=13 feed_name='bit9endpointvisibility' ioc_type='query' ioc_value='
{""index_type"": ""events"", ""search_query"": ""cb.urlver=1&q=(regmod%3Adomains%5Caccount%5Cusers%5Cnames%5C*)""}' 
timestamp='1548931374' start_time='2019-01-31T16:12:54.111+0530' group='aes 2nd wave' process_md5=
'0f9760b796dede249193b1f7844104b1' process_name='lsass.exe' process_path='c:\windows\system32\lsass.exe' 
last_update='2019-01-31T16:12:54.111+0530'  alliance_updated_bit9endpointvisibility='2018-10-31T17:11:39.000Z' 
alliance_data_bit9endpointvisibility='74ccc9e8-ffc6-4e0b-ba88-0e947cf7b146' alliance_link_bit9endpointvisibility='
' alliance_score_bit9endpointvisibility='20'

Query example

This section provides a sample query from the Top Processes panel of the  Carbon Black - EDR - Processes dashboard.

  • Host_Name: *
  • IOC_Type: *
  • Feed_Name: *
  • Watchlist_Name: *
  • Group: *
  • Status: *
  • Process_Name: *
Query String
_sourceCategory="Labs/cb-edr-json" | parse regex "(?:process_name)(?:\"\:\"|=')
(?<process_name>.*?)(?:\"|')" multi | parse regex "ioc_type(?:\"\:\"|=')(?<ioc_type>.*?)(?:\"|')
" nodrop | parse regex "feed_name(?:\"\:\"|=')(?<feed_name>.*?)(?:\"|')" nodrop | parse regex 
"group(?:\"\:\"|=')(?<group>.*?)(?:\"|')" nodrop | parse regex "(?:hostname|host)(?:\"\:\"|=')
(?<hostname>.*?)(?:\"|')" nodrop | parse regex "watchlist_name(?:\"\:\"|=')(?<watchlist_name>.*?)
(?:\"|')" nodrop | parse regex "status(?:\"\:\"|=')(?<status>.*?)(?:\"|')" nodrop | where 
(isBlank(hostname) or hostname matches {{Host_Name}}) and (isBlank(ioc_type) or ioc_type matches 
{{IOC_Type}}) and (isBlank(feed_name) or feed_name matches {{Feed_Name}}) and (isBlank(watchlist_name)
 or watchlist_name matches {{Watchlist_Name}}) and (isBlank(group) or group matches {{Group}}) and 
 (isBlank(status) or status matches {{Status}}) and process_name matches {{Process_Name}} | 
 count by process_name | sort by _count | limit 10