Hundreds of Insecure Kibana

The modern world has faced several issues related to cybersecurity. As far as data is concerned, it plays a critical role in any organization to achieve their desires and goals. But, if left insecure, it could be a reason for cyber-attackers’ dream come true.

Lack of cybersecurity or weakly managed or less protected MongoDB, CouchDB, and Elastic search databases newly got a big extra consideration from cybersecurity firms and media recently. Especially, the media started to raise a question on security.

More than 50% of the highlighted cases of huge data breaches over the last year observed from unsafe database servers that were easily available to anyone without any password protection. It was a big flaw in cybersecurity.

Subsequently, the database of a company comprises its most valued and easily usable data, cyber attackers have also initiated paying closer emphasize to disclose other insecure entry facts. This was nothing, but an alarming situation.

Lack of cybersecurity

Although the errors with insecure databases servers are no news and are commonly debated on the Internet, I must recommend and want cybersecurity community and industry professional to pay enough focus to hundreds of insecure Kibana examples that are now uncovered on the Internet, causing a big risk to many business enterprises.

Kibana is known as an open-source analytics and visualization medium that is specially created to work with Elastic search. The medium styles it easy for data miners and professionals to promptly and easily understand multifarious big data streams and logs through graphics data demonstration.

Kibana comes as a browser-created interface that has been particularly created to fetch data from Elastic search files in real time and then complete advanced data measurement to show it in a variety of charts, tables, graph, and maps.

Upon installation, the built-in settings configure Kibana to operate on the local host at port 5601, but few administrators may select to modify this default setting to let it remotely accessible anywhere from the Internet worldwide.

Over 26k+ Kibana Examples Originate Uncovered On The Internet

As per a new report public by an IT professional who likes to remain anonymous and tweets from @InfoSecIta, there are more than 26K+ Kibana examples that are presently uncovered on the Internet, and inappropriately, most of them are reportedly insecure.

This happened because Kibana does not come with any safety baked into it, like session management, though administrators can still manually construct it to use third-party plugins, like Search Guard, to allow authentication of approved bodies.

No matter if your server is completely protected and well configured, and your Elastic search is bound to or localhost, or whatever type of loopback address, an undefended Kibana app running on top of the elastic search stack can compromise your server operatively and let unverified or unauthenticated users access Kibana dashboard (with admin rights), hence gifting a solid foothold in more freedom escalation attacks to hateful entities," InfoSecIta stated.

Ideally, It should also be prominent that Kibana examples are not by defaulting configured to access something available in the Elastic search databases; instead, admins configure what type of data users can access through Kibana dashboard completely.


InfoSecIta confirmed that the hacker news that he found a lot of open Kibanas examples that relate to big entities—reaching from e-learning platforms to sensitive banking procedures and frameworks, parking management to hospitals, colleges, and universities.

I found numerous Kibana examples owned by big organizations. One of them is a leader in creating automotive technology (such as linked cameras etc.). Its Kibana server was revealing all the data coming from every camera they sold worldwide," he stated The Hacker News in an email interview.

"All type of data approaching from the logs/debug/status of such a camera was available. I also discover a Kibana stack from a huge Asian stock exchange, which is still available insecure in the wild."

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As per the statement of shodan, with a maximum amount of open Kibana examples United States (8,311) is highest in the list of affected countries, followed by China (7,282), Germany (1,709) and then France with 1,152 open examples.

The statement also says that a maximum number of uncovered Kibana examples are hosted on cloud services from Amazon, Alibaba, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.

What's annoying? Out of these 26K+ Kibana examples, a huge amount of servers are running obsolete versions of the software that covers a random file presence vulnerability in its Console plugin.

The fault supposedly lets remote cybercriminals to execute malicious JavaScript code, which could possibly let invaders run arbitrary commands on the host system.

This is worrying news and assumed the fact that a huge amount of servers don't have any verification in the first place, it could be a nightmare for companies storing their significant and sensitive data on those servers.

To moderate this threat, it is suggested for organizations to save their showing examples with a strong password, while checking existing servers to ensure they’re not leaking any sensitive data.

Most importantly, last but not the least, for god's sake, update the all software to the latest version to avoid any inconvenience.