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atomic-operator

This python package is used to execute Atomic Red Team tests (Atomics) across multiple operating system environments.

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Why?

atomic-operator enables security professionals to test their detection and defensive capabilities against prescribed techniques defined within atomic-red-team. By utilizing a testing framework such as atomic-operator, you can identify both your defensive capabilities as well as gaps in defensive coverage.

Additionally, atomic-operator can be used in many other situations like:

  • Generating alerts to test products
  • Testing EDR and other security tools
  • Identifying way to perform defensive evasion from an adversary perspective
  • Plus more.

Features

  • Support local and remote execution of Atomic Red Teams tests on Windows, macOS, and Linux systems
  • Supports running atomic-tests against iaas:aws
  • Can prompt for input arguments but not required
  • Assist with downloading the atomic-red-team repository
  • Can be automated further based on a configuration file
  • A command-line and importable Python package
  • Plus more

Getting Started

atomic-operator is a Python-only package hosted on PyPi and works with Python 3.6 and greater.

If you are wanting a PowerShell version, please checkout Invoke-AtomicRedTeam.

pip install atomic-operator

The next steps will guide you through setting up and running atomic-operator.

Installation

You can install atomic-operator on OS X, Linux, or Windows. You can also install it directly from the source. To install, see the commands under the relevant operating system heading, below.

Prerequisites

The following libraries are required and installed by atomic-operator:

pyyaml==5.4.1
fire==0.4.0
requests==2.26.0
attrs==21.2.0

macOS, Linux and Windows:

pip install atomic-operator

Installing from source

git clone https://github.com/swimlane/atomic-operator.git
cd atomic-operator
python setup.py install

Usage example (command line)

You can run atomic-operator from the command line or within your own Python scripts. To use atomic-operator at the command line simply enter the following in your terminal:

atomic-operator --help
atomic-operator run -- --help

Please note that to see details about the run command run atomic-operator run -- --help and NOT atomic-operator run --help

Retrieving Atomic Tests

In order to use atomic-operator you must have one or more atomic-red-team tests (Atomics) on your local system. atomic-operator provides you with the ability to download the Atomic Red Team repository. You can do so by running the following at the command line:

atomic-operator get_atomics 
# You can specify the destination directory by using the --destination flag
atomic-operator get_atomics --destination "/tmp/some_directory"

Running Tests Locally

In order to run a test you must provide some additional properties (and options if desired). The main method to run tests is named run.

# This will run ALL tests compatiable with your local operating system
atomic-operator run --atomics-path "/tmp/some_directory/redcanaryco-atomic-red-team-3700624"

Running Tests Remotely

In order to run a test remotely you must provide some additional properties (and options if desired). The main method to run tests is named run.

# This will run ALL tests compatiable with your local operating system
atomic-operator run --atomics-path "/tmp/some_directory/redcanaryco-atomic-red-team-3700624" --hosts "10.32.1.0" --username "my_username" --password "my_password"

When running commands remotely against Windows hosts you may need to configure PSRemoting. See details here: Windows Remoting

Additional parameters

You can see additional parameters by running the following command:

atomic-operator run -- --help
Parameter Name Type Default Description
techniques list all One or more defined techniques by attack_technique ID.
test_guids list None One or more Atomic test GUIDs.
atomics_path str os.getcwd() The path of Atomic tests.
check_prereqs bool False Whether or not to check for prereq dependencies (prereq_comand).
get_prereqs bool False Whether or not you want to retrieve prerequisites.
cleanup bool False Whether or not you want to run cleanup command(s).
copy_source_files bool True Whether or not you want to copy any related source (src, bin, etc.) files to a remote host.
command_timeout int 20 Time duration for each command before timeout.
debug bool False Whether or not you want to output details about tests being ran.
prompt_for_input_args bool False Whether you want to prompt for input arguments for each test.
return_atomics bool False Whether or not you want to return atomics instead of running them.
config_file str None A path to a conifg_file which is used to automate atomic-operator in environments.
hosts list None A list of one or more remote hosts to run a test on.
username str None Username for authentication of remote connections.
password str None Password for authentication of remote connections.
ssh_key_path str None Path to a SSH Key for authentication of remote connections.
private_key_string str None A private SSH Key string used for authentication of remote connections.
verify_ssl bool False Whether or not to verify ssl when connecting over RDP (windows).
ssh_port int 22 SSH port for authentication of remote connections.
ssh_timeout int 5 SSH timeout for authentication of remote connections.
**kwargs dict None If additional flags are passed into the run command then we will attempt to match them with defined inputs within Atomic tests and replace their value with the provided value.

You should see a similar output to the following:

NAME
    atomic-operator run - The main method in which we run Atomic Red Team tests.

SYNOPSIS
    atomic-operator run <flags>

DESCRIPTION
    The main method in which we run Atomic Red Team tests.

FLAGS
    --techniques=TECHNIQUES
        Type: list
        Default: ['all']
        One or more defined techniques by attack_technique ID. Defaults to 'all'.
    --test_guids=TEST_GUIDS
        Type: list
        Default: []
        One or more Atomic test GUIDs. Defaults to None.
    --atomics_path=ATOMICS_PATH
        Default: '/U...
        The path of Atomic tests. Defaults to os.getcwd().
    --check_prereqs=CHECK_PREREQS
        Default: False
        Whether or not to check for prereq dependencies (prereq_comand). Defaults to False.
    --get_prereqs=GET_PREREQS
        Default: False
        Whether or not you want to retrieve prerequisites. Defaults to False.
    --cleanup=CLEANUP
        Default: False
        Whether or not you want to run cleanup command(s). Defaults to False.
    --copy_source_files=COPY_SOURCE_FILES
        Default: True
        Whether or not you want to copy any related source (src, bin, etc.) files to a remote host. Defaults to True.
    --command_timeout=COMMAND_TIMEOUT
        Default: 20
        Timeout duration for each command. Defaults to 20.
    --debug=DEBUG
        Default: False
        Whether or not you want to output details about tests being ran. Defaults to False.
    --prompt_for_input_args=PROMPT_FOR_INPUT_ARGS
        Default: False
        Whether you want to prompt for input arguments for each test. Defaults to False.
    --return_atomics=RETURN_ATOMICS
        Default: False
        Whether or not you want to return atomics instead of running them. Defaults to False.
    --config_file=CONFIG_FILE
        Type: Optional[]
        Default: None
        A path to a conifg_file which is used to automate atomic-operator in environments. Default to None.
    --hosts=HOSTS
        Default: []
        A list of one or more remote hosts to run a test on. Defaults to [].
    --username=USERNAME
        Type: Optional[]
        Default: None
        Username for authentication of remote connections. Defaults to None.
    --password=PASSWORD
        Type: Optional[]
        Default: None
        Password for authentication of remote connections. Defaults to None.
    --ssh_key_path=SSH_KEY_PATH
        Type: Optional[]
        Default: None
        Path to a SSH Key for authentication of remote connections. Defaults to None.
    --private_key_string=PRIVATE_KEY_STRING
        Type: Optional[]
        Default: None
        A private SSH Key string used for authentication of remote connections. Defaults to None.
    --verify_ssl=VERIFY_SSL
        Default: False
        Whether or not to verify ssl when connecting over RDP (windows). Defaults to False.
    --ssh_port=SSH_PORT
        Default: 22
        SSH port for authentication of remote connections. Defaults to 22.
    --ssh_timeout=SSH_TIMEOUT
        Default: 5
        SSH timeout for authentication of remote connections. Defaults to 5.
    Additional flags are accepted.
        If provided, keys matching inputs for a test will be replaced. Default is None.

Running atomic-operator using a config_file

In addition to the ability to pass in parameters with atomic-operator you can also pass in a path to a config_file that contains all the atomic tests and their potential inputs. You can see an example of this config_file here:

atomic_tests:
  - guid: f7e6ec05-c19e-4a80-a7e7-241027992fdb
    input_arguments:
      output_file:
        value: custom_output.txt
      input_file:
        value: custom_input.txt
  - guid: 3ff64f0b-3af2-3866-339d-38d9791407c3
    input_arguments:
        second_arg:
          value: SWAPPPED argument
  - guid: 32f90516-4bc9-43bd-b18d-2cbe0b7ca9b2

Usage example (scripts)

To use atomic-operator you must instantiate an AtomicOperator object.

from atomic_operator import AtomicOperator

operator = AtomicOperator()

# This will download a local copy of the atomic-red-team repository

print(operator.get_atomics('/tmp/some_directory'))

# this will run tests on your local system
operator.run(
    technique: str='All', 
    atomics_path=os.getcwd(), 
    check_dependencies=False, 
    get_prereqs=False, 
    cleanup=False, 
    command_timeout=20, 
    debug=False,
    prompt_for_input_args=False,
    **kwargs
)

Getting Help

Please create an issue if you have questions or run into any issues.

Built With

  • carcass - Python packaging template

Contributing

Please read CONTRIBUTING.md for details on our code of conduct, and the process for submitting pull requests to us.

Versioning

We use SemVer for versioning.

Authors

See also the list of contributors who participated in this project.

License

This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details