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IBM QRadar via Logstash

These instructions provide you with the example integration of Wallarm with the Logstash data collector to further forward events to the QRadar SIEM system.

The most common logging scheme in complex systems consists of the following components:

  • Data collector: accepts logs from several sources and forwards logs to the SIEM system

  • SIEM system or log management systems: used to analyze logs and monitor the system status

Webhook flow

Used resources

Wallarm Cloud IP addresses

To provide Wallarm Cloud access to your system, you may need a list of its public IP addresses:

Since the links to the Logstash and QRadar services are cited as examples, they do not respond.

Logstash configuration

Since Wallarm sends logs to the Logstash intermediate data collector via webhooks, the Logstash configuration should meet the following requirements:

  • Accept the POST or PUT requests

  • Accept HTTPS requests

  • Have public URL

  • Forward logs to IBM Qradar, this example uses the syslog plugin to forward logs

Logstash is configured in the logstash-sample.conf file:

  • Incoming webhook processing is configured in the input section:

    • Traffic is sent to port 5044
    • Logstash is configured to accept only HTTPS connections
    • Logstash TLS certificate signed by a publicly trusted CA is located within the file /etc/server.crt
    • Private key for TLS certificate is located within the file /etc/server.key
  • Forwarding logs to QRadar and log output are configured in the output section:

    • All event logs are forwarded from Logstash to QRadar at the IP address
    • Logs are forwarded from Logstash to QRadar in the JSON format according to the Syslog standard
    • Connection with QRadar is established via TCP
    • Logstash logs are additionally printed on the command line (15th code line). The setting is used to verify that events are logged via Logstash
input {
  http { # input plugin for HTTP and HTTPS traffic
    port => 5044 # port for incoming requests
    ssl => true # HTTPS traffic processing
    ssl_certificate => "/etc/server.crt" # Logstash TLS certificate
    ssl_key => "/etc/server.key" # private key for TLS certificate
output {
  syslog { # output plugin to forward logs from Logstash via Syslog
    host => "" # IP address to forward logs to
    port => "514" # port to forward logs to
    protocol => "tcp" # connection protocol
    codec => json # format of forwarded logs
  stdout {} # output plugin to print Logstash logs on the command line

A more detailed description of the configuration files is available in the official Logstash documentation.

Testing Logstash configuration

To check that Logstash logs are created and forwarded to QRadar, the POST request can be sent to Logstash.

Request example:

curl -X POST '' -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{"key1":"value1", "key2":"value2"}'

Logstash logs:
Logs in Logstash

QRadar logs:
Logs in QRadar

QRadar log payload:
Logs in QRadar

QRadar configuration (optional)

In QRadar, the log source is configured. It helps to easily find Logstash logs in the list of all logs in QRadar, and can also be used for further log filtering. The log source is configured as follows:

  • Log Source Name: Logstash

  • Log Source Description: Logs from Logstash

  • Log Source Type: type of incoming logs parser used with Syslog standard Universal LEEF

  • Protocol Configuration: standard of logs forwarding Syslog

  • Log Source Identifier: Logstash IP address

  • Other default settings

A more detailed description of the QRadar log source setup is available in the official IBM documentation.

QRadar log source setup for Logstash

Configuration of Logstash integration

  • Webhooks are sent to

  • Webhooks are sent via POST requests

  • The webhook integration has default advanced settings

  • Webhooks sent to Webhook URLs are all available events: hits, system events, vulnerabilities, scope changes

Webhook integration with Logstash

More details on the Logstash integration configuration

Example testing

To test the configuration, a new user is added in Wallarm Console:

Adding user

Logstash will log the event as follows:

Log about new user in QRadar from Logstash

The following data in JSON format will be displayed in the QRadar log payload:

New user card in QRadar from Logstash