Advanced Settings

Conf files

MozDef python scripts in almost all cases expect to be given a -c path/to/file.conf command line option to specify configuration/run time options.

These files all follow the same format:


All programs do their best to set reasonable, sane defaults and most will run fine without a conf file. By default will look for programname.conf as it’s configuration file so if you follow that convention you don’t even need to specify the -c path/to/file.conf option.

Special Config Items

Here are some tips for some key settings:


is how you can specify servers in your elastic search cluster.

backup_indices = intelligence,.kibana,alerts,events,complianceitems,.jsp,.marvel-kibana,vulnerabilities
backup_dobackup = 1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1
backup_rotation = none,none,monthly,daily,none,none,none,none
backup_pruning = 0,0,0,20,0,0,0,0

is how you would configure the and programs to backup selected elastic search indexes, rotate selected indexes and prune certain indexes at selected intervals. In the case above we are backing up all indexes mentioned, rotating alerts monthly, rotating events daily and pruning events indices after 20 days.

autocategorize = True
categorymapping = [{"bruteforce":"bruteforcer"},{"nothing":"nothing"}]

is how you would configure to do autocategoization of attackers that it discovers and specify a list of mappings matching alert categories to attacker category.