Kibana lets you visualize your Elasticsearch data and navigate the Elastic Stack, so you can do anything from learning why you’re getting paged at 2:00 a.m. to understanding the impact rain might have on your quarterly numbers.
If prompted for username and password, simply enter your normal Sguil/Squert/Kibana username and password.
- Configuration files for Kibana can be found in
- Other configuration options for Kibana can be found in
- Kibana logs can be found in
Kibana uses multiple hyperlinked fields to accelerate investigations and decision-making:
When present, clicking the
_id field allows an analyst to pivot to transcript via CapMe.
When present, clicking these fields allows an analyst to pivot to the Indicator dashboard, where a variety of information is presented relative to the term:value.
Search results in the dashboards and through Discover are limited to the first
10 results for a particular query. If you don’t feel like this is adequate after narrowing your search, you can adjust the value for
discover:sampleSize in Kibana by navigating to
Advanced Settings and changing the value. It may be best to change this value incrementally to see how it affects performance.
Search Request Timeout¶
Sometimes searches can timeout in Kibana. To increase the timeout value to wait longer for results from Elasticsearch, we can adjust the value for
/etc/kibana/kibana.yml and restart Kibana.
For example to increase the timeout from the default of
30 seconds to
sudo vi /etc/kibana/kibana.yml
Add the following line:
Finally, restart Kibana:
By default, Kibana will display timestamps in the timezone of your local browser. If you would prefer timestamps in UTC, you can go to
Advanced Settings and set
To add a plugin to Kibana, you can expose the plugins directory to the host filesystem and then copy your plugins to that directory. For example, to load the kbn_network plugin you can do something like the following.
Create a directory in the host filesystem to store plugins:
sudo mkdir -p /nsm/kibana/plugins
Download plugin to that directory:
wget -qO- https://github.com/dlumbrer/kbn_network/releases/download/6.0.X-2/network_vis.tar.gz | sudo tar xvJ -C /nsm/kibana/plugins
Modify Kibana options to mount that directory into the container:
sudo sed -i 's|KIBANA_OPTIONS=""|KIBANA_OPTIONS="--volume /nsm/kibana/plugins:/usr/share/kibana/plugins:ro"|g' /etc/nsm/securityonion.conf