Building MISP

By Adrian | April 29, 2019

This is part 3 of TheHive/Cortex/MISP build. In this part were installing MISP. Links to the previous articles are here:

Part I - Building TheHive
Part II - Setup reverse proxy for TheHive
Part III - Building MISP
Part IV - Building Cortex
Part V - Adding analyzers to Cortex
Part VI - Setup reverse proxy for Cortex
Part VII - Integrate TheHive and Cortex
Part VIII - Integrate MISP to TheHive
Part IX - Upgrading TheHive
Part X - Updating MISP
Part XI - Upgrading Cortex
Part XII - Wrapup of TheHive, MISP, Cortex

TheHive has a number of open source tools that just work together and one of those tools is MISP or Malware Information Sharing Platform - although MISP has become more than its roots these days.

This entry ill describe the steps that I took to setup and configure a MISP instance.

Create Ubuntu 18.04 Server

A VM is a VM. Im using Hyper-V in this case, but you could use VMWare esxi, VMWare Workstation, Virtual Box or one of many other virtualisation providers in this space. Nothing really new here.

Update the Operating System After the OS has been built, perform a standard OS update and reboot

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo reboot now

Install MISP

The installation was very straightforward with an install script that is provided. In the past the entire setup was quite a manual one! The only thing I was prompted for during the installation was the sudo password.

curl -fsSL | bash -s -- -c -M

Configure Lets Encrypt SSL Certificate

Install certbot components

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository universe
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:certbot/certbot
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install certbot python-certbot-apache

So we can add in the route53 extension to certbot we need to install python3-pip

sudo apt install python3-pip
sudo pip3 install certbot-dns-route53

Get the awscli package

sudo apt-get install awscli

You can configure the aws credentials with this command. You will need to create an account in AWS with the correct permissions

sudo aws configure

Generate the certificate

sudo certbot certonly --dns-route53 -d '' --server

All going well you should have the .pem files saved out to /etc/letsencrypt/live/

Copy over the generated certificate files to the webserver

Navigate to the correct folder

sudo su
cd /etc/ssl/private

Backup the existing keys

mkdir old
cp misp.local.crt old/misp.local.crt
cp misp.local.key old/misp.local.key

Copy over the generated keys

cp /etc/letsencrypt/live/ /etc/ssl/private/misp.local.key
cp /etc/letsencrypt/live/ /etc/ssl/private/misp.local.crt

Restart apache

service apache2 restart

Configure MISP

After you have installed MISP, there are a few configuration changes you need to make.

Firstly logon to MISP. The default credentials are:

Username: admin@admin.test
Password: admin

You are prompted to change you password on first logon.


First create a new orginisation. Navigate to Administration > Add Organisation. Add in the Identifier and click Generate UUID. Fill in any other components as required, then hit Submit new-orginisation

Next we need to update some of server settings. Navigate to Administration > Server Settings and Maintenance server-settings-and-maintenance

From here you will see a number of critical items that will need addressing. Firstly we need to head into the MISP settings as it is showing a warning. Update the following settings by double clicking on the value:

Setting Current Value New Value
MISP.external_base_url not set ORGNAME your org name here
MISP.host_org_id ORGNAME Select the Org you added
MISP.welcome_text_top Initial Install, please configure Your message here
MISP.welcome_text_bottom Welcome to MISP on ubuntu, change this message in MISP Settings Your message here

Have a look through each of the items marked in green. Edit and save them as appropriate (its mostly image file and page layouts), Once you have done this your overview should show something like this.

… well overall health is Good…. probably not perfect but should be enough to get started.


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