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RiskIQ PassiveTotal


The ElastiFlow™ Unified Flow Collector provides the ability to enrich flow records with threat intelligence provided by the RiskIQ PassiveTotal service. There are two aspects to this integration: 1. An enricher which downloads the threat intelligence datasets from PassiveTotal and uses them to enrich flow records as they are processed; and 2. An output which sends public-side traffic observed by your network infrastructure to RiskIQ for analysis.

Threat intelligence from PassiveTotal can help you quickly identify threats and high-risk traffic in your environment.


You can also launch in-context to PassiveTotal from various ElastiFlow dashboards, or the security-related anomaly detectors provided for Elastic's Machine Learning features.


About RiskIQ#

RiskIQ, the leader in attack surface management, provides a tailored view of the global internet attack surface and pinpoints security exposures most critical for an organization, all in one place. Trusted by security teams, CISO's, and more than 100,000 security analysts, RiskIQ merges cyber threats and critical asset intelligence for the most comprehensive discovery, intelligence, and mitigation of threats. Security teams use RiskIQ to expedite investigations, understand digital attack surfaces, assess risk, and protect the business, brand, and customers. Learn more at

About PassiveTotal#

RiskIQ’s PassiveTotal aggregates data from the entire internet, absorbing intelligence from the global attack surface to identify threats and attacker infrastructure and leveraging machine learning to scale threat hunting and incident response. With the ElastiFlow™ PassiveTotal integration, your organization has outside-the-firewall context into the entities attacking you, their tools and systems, and indicators of compromise — enterprise and third party — all within your ElastiFlow™ deployment.

Data Transmitted to PassiveTotal#

The following data is sent by the RiskIQ output to PassiveTotal.

flow start timestamptimestamp (ms since epoch) of flow record start
flow end timestamptimestamp (ms since epoch) of flow record stop
bytesthe ingress or egress bytes observed in the flow
packetsthe ingress or egress packets observed in the flow
public source IPIf the source IP is private this attribute is empty
public source portIf the source IP is private this attribute is empty
public destination IPIf the destination IP is private this attribute is empty
public destination portIf the destination IP is private this attribute is empty
tcp flagsthe integer value of the TCP flags
layer-4 protocol numberthe integer value of the layer-4 protocol. e.g. 6 (TCP), 17 (UDP), etc.
community IDThe community ID according to

Only information about traffic to/from public IP addresses is transmitted to RiskIQ. No internal/private IP addresses are transmitted.

Prior to sending records to the PassiveTotal service, the data is encrypted using the customer-specific encryption key (see EF_FLOW_OUTPUT_RISKIQ_CUSTOMER_ENCRYPTION_KEY below).

Configuring the RiskIQ Integration#

To use RiskIQ enrichment features it is necessary to register for a RiskIQ PassiveTotal account, as well as enable both the RiskIQ output and enrichment options. For a complete description of all RiskIQ configuration options, please refer to the Configuration Reference.

Creating a PassiveTotal Account#

To create a PassiveTotal account, visit


After providing an email address and password, you will receive a confirmation email.


Click the activate button in the email to confirm you address.


Complete your account.


Get your API Key#

You will need an API key to configure the RiskIQ enrichment features of the ElastiFlow™ Unified Flow Collector.


Find the API Access section an click show.


This is the value of USER will be used to configure EF_FLOW_DECODER_ENRICH_RISKIQ_API_USER. KEY will be used to set the value of EF_FLOW_DECODER_ENRICH_RISKIQ_API_KEY.


Get your RiskIQ Output Configuration#

Find the ElastiFlow Integration within the Integrations section, and click enable.


You will see a pop-up which contains the sttings you must use for the collector's RiskIQ output.


Configure the Collector's RiskIQ Output#

For the RiskIQ Integration to function fully, both the RiskIQ output as well as the enrichment option MUST be enabled.

If using docker-compose to deploy the collector, you can paste the output settings directly into your docker-compose.yml file:

EF_FLOW_OUTPUT_RISKIQ_CUSTOMER_UUID: '527dd194-a116-11af-8380-034aba1ce438'

If using rpm or deb packages you would configure /etc/systemd/system/flowcoll.service.d/flowcoll.conf similar to this example:


Configure the Collector's RiskIQ Enrichment Features#

There are two datasets available for enrichment of flow records, the autonomous systems and threats datasets. Enrichment with these datasets can be enabled or disabled separately. A minimal configuration would be similar to the following example:

EF_FLOW_DECODER_ENRICH_RISKIQ_API_KEY: '0ff5abcdefdaf9ef12345675c4c11abcdef61bfe7ad1234568ec395bb288639'

By default the datasets will be downloaded daily (1440 minutes). This can be configured by setting EF_FLOW_DECODER_ENRICH_RISKIQ_ASN_REFRESH_INTERVAL and EF_FLOW_DECODER_ENRICH_RISKIQ_THREAT_REFRESH_INTERVAL.


60 minutes is the minimum refresh interval. The collector will fail with an error if either value is less than 60.

When the collector is started, you should see entries similar to the following in the logs, indicating that the RiskIQ datasets were downloaded and activated successfully. You will also see these logs when the dataset are refreshed at the configured interval:

{"level":"info","ts":1619704514.940934,"caller":"cached/riskiq_threat.go:64","msg":"RiskIQ Threats: Fetching Threat DB from enrichment API at"}
{"level":"info","ts":1619704514.94118,"caller":"cached/riskiq_asn.go:70","msg":"RiskIQ ASNs: Fetching ASN DB from enrichment API at"}
{"level":"info","ts":1619704518.3794749,"caller":"cached/riskiq_asn.go:91","msg":"RiskIQ ASNs: received enrichment API response: 10697524 bytes"}
{"level":"info","ts":1619704519.1558201,"caller":"cached/riskiq_asn.go:131","msg":"RiskIQ ASNs: DB successfully populated."}
{"level":"info","ts":1619704519.523495,"caller":"cached/riskiq_threat.go:85","msg":"RiskIQ Threats: received enrichment API response: 28762468 bytes"}
{"level":"info","ts":1619704522.2200677,"caller":"cached/riskiq_threat.go:143","msg":"RiskIQ Threats: DB successfully populated."}

The default timeout for API requests is 30 seconds. If a tineout occurs, you may see a log entry similar to the following:

1.6195132197217348e+09 error cached/riskiq_threat.go:82 RiskIQ Threats: failed to read the complete enrichment API response: context deadline exceeded (Client.Timeout or context cancellation while reading body)*RiskiqThreat).populateDb
1.6195132197218025e+09 error cached/riskiq_threat.go:42 RiskIQ Threats: failed to initialize DB: context deadline exceeded (Client.Timeout or context cancellation while reading body)*RiskiqThreat).Run.func1

If this occurs, the default timeout can be extended by setting EF_FLOW_DECODER_ENRICH_RISKIQ_API_TIMEOUT: