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Unlocking the Power of Prancer for Log4j Scanning: A Comprehensive Guide
November 17, 2023

Welcome to our latest blog post, where we delve into the intricacies of utilizing the Prancer platform for conducting and managing Log4j vulnerability scans. Prancer, known for its robust security scanning capabilities, offers a seamless workflow to detect and manage vulnerabilities like Log4j. This post will guide security professionals through the essential steps to leverage Prancer for effective vulnerability management. Check this video to see it in action:

Step 1: Configuring the Scanner via Prancer Portal

The journey begins at the Prancer portal, where you configure your scanner using the ‘PAC Wizard’. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Select the Hosting Environment: Choose where you’d like to host the scanner, such as Azure.
  • Scanner Configuration: Set the scanner’s name, type of scan (intrusive or non-intrusive), and compliance requirements.
  • Scheduling Options: Decide if the scan should repeat or self-delete after a single run.
  • Placement Settings: This feature allows the scanner to access local items behind firewalls, enhancing its scanning scope.

Step 2: Target Setting and Authentication

Next, define the target of your scan and select any necessary authentication protocols. For our example, we will proceed without additional authentication. This step creates a ‘PAC file’, essentially a pentest-as-code file, which directs the scanner in terms of targets and scanning parameters.

Step 3: Integration with Sentinel

Once the scan is initiated:

  1. Navigate to the Inventory Management Page: Select the hamburger menu for the newly created scan.
  2. Third-Party Integration: Choose Sentinel from the options available.
  3. Connector File and Workspace: Specify the connector file from the scan and the workspace in Sentinel where results will be displayed.

Step 4: Monitoring and Analyzing the Scan

Patience is key as the scan progresses. Upon completion:

  • Check the Latest Findings: In our case, we identified a Log4j vulnerability.
  • Review in Prancer Portal: Examine the detailed findings of the vulnerability.
  • Switch to Sentinel: Observe how the scan generates alerts and events in Sentinel.

Step 5: Detailed Analysis in Sentinel

In Sentinel, you can further drill down into the results:

  • Select Severity and Vulnerability Type: Focus on the Log4j vulnerability for our example.
  • Choose the Endpoint: Specify the endpoint for a detailed view of the vulnerability.

Conclusion: A Streamlined Workflow for Enhanced Security

This workflow demonstrates the ease and efficiency of using Prancer for Log4j vulnerability scanning and management. Each step is designed to provide a comprehensive view of your security posture, from initial configuration to in-depth analysis in Sentinel.

For those keen on mastering this process, additional resources and video guides are available in the Prancer content series. Stay tuned for more insights and strategies to enhance your security infrastructure with Prancer.

Happy scanning, and remember, staying ahead in cybersecurity is a continuous journey of learning and adaptation!