Community ID


When processing flow data from a variety of monitoring applications (such as Zeek and Suricata), it’s often desirable to pivot quickly from one dataset to another. While the required flow tuple information is usually present in the datasets, the details of such “joins” can be tedious, particular in corner cases. This spec describes “Community ID” flow hashing, standardizing the production of a string identifier representing a given network flow, to reduce the pivot to a simple string comparison.

Security Onion enables the built-in Community ID support in both Zeek and Suricata.

For logs that don’t naturally include Community ID, we use the Elasticsearch Community ID processor:

Dashboards includes a Community ID dashboard that will show all logs with that value.

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For more information about Community ID, please see: