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Support for Exchange 2016 Auditing; New Features in LOGbinder for SQL Server

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:38:50 GMT

Exchange 2016 support

We are happy to announce support for Exchange 2016. Now you may be thinking 2016; wasn't that years ago?  It's true, Exchange 2016 was released in 2015 but because of a bug that seemed to have been introduced with the 2016 version, LOGbinder was not able to support it.  At the time we discovered it almost two years ago, we worked with Microsoft to confirm this behavior. This is what Microsoft said at that time:

  • The issue is caused due to limit of 100 search folders in particular mailbox. Before any new search can start, the old search folder has to age out and needs to be cleared. If this does not happen then it would fail.
  • We cannot modify these search folder limits, as it is by design.
  • We also found that it would take approx. 12hrs to reset the search folders count. So that we can run new query.

The above limitations posed such restrictions on the auditing capabilities of Exchange, that LOGbinder was not able to support Exchange 2016 at that time.

Our latest tests reveal that this has since been resolved and the above limitations have been removed in the latest cumulative updates. We have confirmed this to be true starting with CU6.

Therefore, LOGbinder now fully supports Exchange 2016 CU6+.

You can download LOGbinder for Exchange from our website and start auditing your Exchange environment.

SQL Server 2017

Microsoft released SQL Server 2017 and along with it they introduced new audit events. We have included these events in the latest LOGbinder for SQL Server version, adding events 24338-24348 and 24350-24375. These events are related to permissions on database scoped credentials and external libraries, and creating and dropping external libraries and database scoped resource governors, among some other events.

Additional new features in version 4:

  • Adding inputs in bulk from a CSV file. 
    • This is useful for users who have dozens or more inputs.  These inputs can now be added all at once instead of one by one.
  • As a counterpart to adding inputs in bulk, selecting and deleting multiple inputs is now also enabled.
  • Improve resilience by not stopping the service if one of the inputs is temporarily unavailable
    • This means that if there are many inputs monitored by LOGbinder for SQL Server and one or more of them is temporarily down or inaccessible, auditing will continue uninterrupted for the rest of the inputs.  For the unavailable inputs a warning will be generated and sent to the output.

Please download LOGbinder for SQL Server version 4.0 from our website to start auditing your SQL Server 2017.

After downloading LOGbinder for SQL Server version 4, if you have a current active support and maintenance license, you will have to request a new license key by opening a ticket at the https://support.logbinder.com site. If you do not currently own a license, please contact sales at LOGbinder for a quote.


December 2016 LOGbinder Newsletter: New version of LOGbinder for SQL Server

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:48:01 GMT
In June 2016 Microsoft released SQL Server 2016 but due to a bug in their Exchange 2016 release, we wanted to make sure that we performed very extensive testing of this latest version of SQL Server and its new auditing features to make sure we didn’t discover any bugs there too.  We also performed very stringent testing of LOGbinder for SQL Server to make sure that our software continues to meet and exceed our internal standards.

With the release of SQL Server 2016 came not only many new features but also some new audit events. These include audit events related to committing and rollback of transactions, handling master keys, column encryption keys, database scoped credentials, as well as events related to external data sources (think, for example, Hadoop), external file formats and external resource pools.

LOGbinder for SQL Server 3.0 includes the ability to handle these new events as well as many other improvements. Here are some of the highlights:

  1. Support for SQL Server 2016
  2. New installer – Our new installer automates some of the prerequisites required during the installation process.  Installation time is now just a couple of minutes.
  3. Improved service resilience – We have improved on the delay that was reported by some customer when restarting/starting/stopping the service.
  4. Purge processed files - We have added a new option to purge SQL audit files that are no longer being used by SQL Server and have already been processed by LOGbinder.
  5. Enhanced application activity events - Information events written to the Windows Application log now include statistics including entries exported, elapsed processing time and events per second (EPS).

These are just a few of the improvements in this release of LOGbinder for SQL Server. For full details, check the release notes below.

Customers with current support and maintenance contracts can access the latest version at the link below.  To upgrade to the latest version just run the installer on top of the previous version.  No data or settings will be lost. Please note you will need to request a new license key for this version.  You can do so by clicking on File in the LOGbinder Control Panel, then License and send the license information to licensing@logbinder.com.

Related information

Thank you for your hard work in protecting sensitive information, and thank you for your support!


December 2014 LOGbinder Newsletter: QRadar fully supports Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server audit; Tech resources for security analysts

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:59:06 GMT

So far, 2014 has been a great year for application security intelligence. All the major SIEM providers offered new or additional integrations for LOGbinder. Hundreds more organizations deployed LOGbinder for their SIEM and many of them received significant features and updates from prior versions. We're thrilled with the results and hope you are too!

We are very excited to let you know that IBM Security's QRadar product team produced DSM integrations with all 3 LOGbinder products. This brings Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server security audit logs to the QRadar-based SOC. In addition to the Device Support Module (DSM) support, LOGbinder has also received LEEF certification. The implications are huge. Now QRadar customers can consume critical security audit logs from their enterprise applications with minimal setup and configuration. LOGbinder collects, translates and delivers the audit information via LEEF-certified output. QRadar consumes that information and allows analysts to easily prioritize and present critical security correlations where, when and to whom it matters most.

To get the IBM Security QRadar DSM Configuration for Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server, click the following links:

Curious about what SIEM solutions have solid Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server security audit capability? More news is coming next month, but the full list is AccelOps, AlertLogic, AlienVault, Blue Lance, EventTracker, GFI EventsManager, IBM Security QRadar, HP ArcSight, LogPoint, LogRhythm, McAfee ESM (formerly Nitro), RSA Security Analytics (formerly enVision), Solarwinds LEM and Splunk.

What's coming with LOGbinder EX

Exchange audit is increasingly critical to security analysts. This means the demands on LOGbinder EX have increased too. Our development team has responded with new features, now in our labs for testing, to help security analysts dial-in on the new pain-points and remove them. Now, directly from the LOGbinder interface, security analysts can configure mailbox audit policy and autofill the PowerShell and Exchange server URL fields. These changes offer more than merely convenience. These new features allow far better mailbox “on-boarding” (and whatever the opposite of that is). And it makes it easier for security analysts to do their job; no more slow dances or hat-in-hand sessions with the Exchange admin(s).

Quick reference guide to security audit resources

This year LOGbinder sponsored Ultimate Windows Security webinars that many of you attended. Thank you! These webinar recordings still pack a punch with great information. So you will have these links in once place, we list them below. (You can still get the recordings. They're free.)

LOGbinder's core competence is application security audit technology for SIEMs. Not blog writing. But every now and then we fuse the use-case and technical know-how into a blog post. There's some good stuff there:

Thank you for your support. We'll catch up next year.


November 2014 LOGbinder Newsletter: Windows Event Collection and your SIEM; 2 Tech Tips for security analysts

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:34:00 GMT

Is Windows Event Collection a problem for you? We hear (a lot) that organizations struggle with collecting Windows Events. It’s not that their SIEM struggles, but rather there is a gap in the technology to deliver Windows Event Collection (WEC) data from hundreds or thousands of machines to SIEM at sufficient speed.

We like to solve problems yet to be solved, and therefore would love to hear from you about your experience with WEC. Would it help you to have a LOGbinder for Windows that could deliver relevant security events to your SIEM? If so, what SIEM do you use?

This issue strikes at the very heart of our core belief that important security event information should be in the SIEM. We love SIEMs and we love solving the little problems so the SIEMs and their security analysts can pay attention to the big stuff.

What your SIEM doesn’t know about endpoints can kill you. If your SIEM (or your security analysts) don’t have the security event information from all those Windows machines in the organization in a timely manner – whether they are remotely connected or not – and if that’s a big problem for you, please tell us. If it’s not a problem, please tell us that, too, and also which SIEM you use. We’ll share that with our audience.

This brings us to another topic related to what SIEMs do (and don’t do).

It’s not your SIEM’s fault that it can’t consume audit logs from Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server or even SAP via normal collection means. No SIEM can do this. Sometimes people forget that a SIEM’s job is to provide the analysis tools; it’s not the SIEM’s job to change hats and perform ad hoc coding to address all the different application audit log frameworks. For that, you need the insight and best effort from a subject matter expert focused on getting the information to a SIEM. Which is exactly where LOGbinder came from, the insight and effort of an application security subject matter expert.

Tech Tip: Manage the audit performance by tweaking the amount of excess information attached to the audit

One of the new features of LOGbinder SP 5.0 is the ability to dial-back internal processing to tweak audit performance.  LOGbinder SP allows the control of how many lookups it should perform in order to obtain additional information while translating raw audit events to easy-to-understand audit entries. Examples of this could be resolving a user ID to user name or an object GUID to the actual name of the object. We include recommendations to help guide you in our LOGbinder SP Getting Started Guide. See pages 8 and 9 for details.

It’s Renewal Time

For many of you, this month is the month to renew your support and maintenance contract. There are good reasons for doing so. For one thing you fix your support costs and get help immediately. For another, you have access to software updates at no additional cost. This year has seen major updates to LOGbinder software and we’re not done yet. We expect to release automatic mailbox audit policy management for Exchange from within the LOGbinder EX application! This is a huge advance, for not just LOGbinder EX but for Exchange Auditing in general, and customers who are current with their support and maintenance contract get it for no additional money.

Where to find information about LOGbinder events

Every month we answer about 150,000 questions about events. But where do you go if you have a specific question about an event reported by LOGbinder? Some of our SIEM Synergy partners have collaborated with us to provide a hyperlink within their application to take you directly to the relevant event ID page. So when you see an event you wish to research, clicking on the hyperlinked Event ID will take you directly to the details page on Ultimate Windows Security’s Online Encyclopedia.

But what if your SIEM doesn’t have a hyperlink to the right page? You can still get the information by browsing to UltimateWindowsSecurity.com and clicking on Security, then Encyclopedia. (https://www.ultimatewindowssecurity.com/securitylog/encyclopedia/Default.aspx) Once there, select the source of the event (All Sources, Windows Audit, SharePoint Audit, SQL Server Audit or Exchange Audit). If you want to narrow the list use the drop-down box on the right, else browse the list of events and click on the appropriate one to get the full details. We list the events in numerical order, so they’re easy to find. (By the way, when you get a chance, send a note to your SIEM’s product manager to ask them to finish their integration so you can save yourself the trouble next time when you need the event information.)

If you still can’t find your answer there then click on the blue “Ask a question about this event” button and post your question in the Ultimate Windows Security forum.  LOGbinder is now sponsoring an Exchange, SQL and SharePoint forum there and you can expect a quick response from one of our technical engineers. 

Tech Tip: How to find the status of Exchange Server 2013 audit log requests

Exchange Server’s audit function is asynchronous. Which makes sense for Exchange but causes security analysts heartburn who have to “wait in faith”. The good news is that you can see the status of those audit requests via a PowerShell cmdlet, but the bad news is that only Exchange 2013 supports it. In Exchange 2013, you can retrieve a list of current audit log searches with the Get-AuditLogSearch cmdlet.

For more tips on application security intelligence, be sure to watch our blog updates at www.logbinder.com/Blog and sign up for the Real Training for Free™ webinars at Ultimate Windows Security’s web site.


October 2014 LOGbinder Newsletter: Feedback Makes Customer Happy; New SIEM integrations

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:04:20 GMT
Remember when we said that we loved feedback and wanted to hear from you about the pain points? Here's an example of what we try to do when you send us that feedback. We got a call from a LOGbinder SQL customer with a production environment problem that didn't show up during his evaluation in a test environment. While diagnosing the problem (it turned out to be a GPO issue at the customer's location) we saw that the input window was too narrow to display all of the long file name, which was a major pain. Our development team made the correction to the source code and we got the new bits to the customer that same day! The customer was happy, and the developers got the satisfaction of delivering a solution that made a real difference.

So please keep that feedback coming. We sweat even the small stuff if it helps you get application security intelligence where you need it – your SIEM.

People who speak our language

LOGbinder has some great value-added resellers who speak our language. They totally get that your SIEM needs to have application security intelligence. And many of them are translating LOGbinder sales material into languages other than English.

If you or a colleague prefer German for example, click Innovative SIEM-Integration von Microsoft-Daten to get what our VAR in Germany, iT-CUBE has put together. It's great!

IT Guard also has translated our sales materials in to Russian to get the word out in that country. They have done a great job with their web site.

If you like your English with an Australian accent, you can't do better than talk applications security intelligence with the SIEM experts at Shelde. In fact, you North American and European readers, when you can't sleep for thinking about a SIEM issue, chances are the Shelde guys down under are just starting their day and would love to help.

Our sales team is working to form partnerships with smart security consultants and resellers all over the globe. Do you have a firm you like to work with that we should know? Tell us.

Tech Tip: Why i:0#.w| in front of user names in LOGbinder SP?

The other day someone asked why LOGbinder SP puts the characters ” i:0#.w| ” in front of the usernames. For example, instead of LB\capt.kirk ” as the username, it would show i:0#.w|LB\capt.kirk ”.

LOGbinder does not do this; it actually comes from SharePoint. This is how SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 encodes identity claims. It's SharePoint's way of representing the authentication method used in SharePoint. Here is an article on what it means: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/13921.sharepoint-2013-claims-encoding-also-valuable-for-sharepoint-2010.aspx

New SIEM integrations are publicly available

Many SIEM product developers have recently told us about new integrations for LOGbinder solutions. We're going to be telling everybody about these developments as soon as the documentation is complete. In the meantime, here are the highlights about what's new:      
  • Logpoint has fully integrated all 3 of the LOGbinder products.
  • LogRhythm has completed their 2nd LOGbinder integration, the one for LOGbinder EX and they are working on the LOGbinder SQL integration.
  • McAfee ESM is now fully supporting all three LOGbinder products.
  • IBM's QRadar product team approved our LEEF implementation. (see note below) QRadar now has integration for LOGbinder SP and LOGbinder EX and are working on an integration for LOGbinder SQL.
  • Solarwinds has also completed their 2nd LOGbinder integration for LOGbinder EX and plan to work on LOGbinder SQL integration.
  • Our Splunk app for LOGbinder is in beta testing. Let us know if you want to kick the tires.
Note: All 3 LOGbinder products now in beta have LEEF output options. We expect to release these new versions publicly within the next 2 weeks.

Of course, LOGbinder works with any SIEM, and we have Recommended Rules and Alerts for all our products to help users when no custom integration exists for their SIEM. (Click here to get them.)

Options for SQL Server auditing

We know this is a huge topic. We sponsored an Ultimate Windows Security webinar about SQL Server auditing on October 16 that had one of the biggest registration and attendance counts of the year. Apparently more and more, people focus on getting SQL Server audit done right. If you missed the webinar, you can still get the information. If you or someone you know needs to get up to speed on SQL Server audit click here to get the recorded version. The recording captures all of the good questions and answers.

Don't forget to check out our blog post comparing SQL Trace to SQL Audit. It's great info.

Did we say that the Splunk app is ready for beta testing?

The new Splunk app for LOGbinder is available if you want to try it out. We'd love to hear some feedback from more beta testers.

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