Splunk® Enterprise

Securing Splunk Enterprise

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Manage data integrity

The Splunk Enterprise data integrity control feature provides a way to verify the integrity of data that is indexed.

When you enable data integrity control for an index, Splunk Enterprise computes hashes (using SHA 256) on every slice of data and stores those hashes so that you can go back later and verify the integrity of your data.

How it works

When you enable data integrity control, Splunk Enterprise computes hashes on every slice of newly indexed raw data and writes it to a l1Hashes file. When the bucket rolls from hot to warm, Splunk Enterprise computes a hash on the contents of the l1Hashes and stores the computed hash in l2Hash. Both hash files are stored in the rawdata directory for that bucket.

Note that data integrity control hashes newly indexed data, data coming from a forwarder should be secured and encrypted with SSL. For more information, see About securing Splunk with SSL.

Check your hashes to validate your data

To check Splunk Enterprise data, run the following CLI command to verify the integrity of an index or bucket:

./splunk check-integrity -bucketPath [ bucket path ] [ -verbose ]

./splunk check-integrity -index [ index name ] [ -verbose ]

Configure data integrity control

To configure Data Integrity Control, edit indexes.conf to enable the enableDataIntegrityControl attribute for each index. The default value for all indexes is false (off).


Data Integrity in clustered environments

In a clustered environment, the cluster master and all the peers must run Splunk Enterprise 6.3 or later to enable accurate index replication.

Optionally modify the size of your data slice

By default, data slices are set to 128kb, which means that a data slice is created and hashed every 128KB. You can optionally edit indexes.conf to specify the size of each slice.

rawChunkSizeBytes = 131072

Store and secure your data hashes

For optimal security, you can optionally store your hashes outside the system where the data is hosted, such as a different server. To avoid naming conflicts, store your secured hashes in separate directories.

Regenerate hashes

If you lose your hashes for a bucket, Use the following CLI command to re-generate hash files on a bucket or index. This command extracts the hashes embedded in the journal:

./splunk generate-hash-files -bucketPath [ bucket path ]  [ verbose ]

./splunk generate-hash-files -index [ index name ] [ verbose ]
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This documentation applies to the following versions of Splunk® Enterprise: 6.3.0, 6.3.1, 6.3.2, 6.3.3, 6.3.4, 6.3.5, 6.3.6, 6.3.7, 6.3.8, 6.3.9, 6.3.10, 6.3.11, 6.3.12, 6.3.13, 6.3.14, 6.4.0, 6.4.1, 6.4.2, 6.4.3, 6.4.4, 6.4.5, 6.4.6, 6.4.7, 6.4.8, 6.4.9, 6.4.10, 6.4.11, 6.5.0, 6.5.1, 6.5.1612 (Splunk Cloud only), 6.5.2, 6.5.3, 6.5.4, 6.5.5, 6.5.6, 6.5.7, 6.5.8, 6.5.9, 6.5.10, 6.6.0, 6.6.1, 6.6.2, 6.6.3, 6.6.4, 6.6.5, 6.6.6, 6.6.7, 6.6.8, 6.6.9, 6.6.10, 6.6.11, 6.6.12, 7.0.0, 7.0.1, 7.0.2, 7.0.3, 7.0.4, 7.0.5, 7.0.6, 7.0.7, 7.0.8, 7.0.9, 7.0.10, 7.0.11, 7.0.13, 7.1.0, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.1.4, 7.1.5, 7.1.6, 7.1.7, 7.1.8, 7.1.9, 7.1.10, 7.2.0, 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.2.3, 7.2.4, 7.2.5, 7.2.6, 7.2.7, 7.2.8, 7.2.9, 7.3.0, 7.3.1, 7.3.2, 7.3.3, 7.3.4, 8.0.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2


Hi Smitra!

Fixed it! Thanks for the feedback.


Jworthington splunk, Splunker
March 15, 2019

Just FYI to fix typo in documentation - the verbose option is specified by "-verbose" and not by " [ verbose ]". See syntax sections "Check your hashes to validate your data" and "Regenerate hashes" above in the documentation.

/opt/splunk/bin/splunk check-integrity
Usage: splunk check-integrity -bucketPath <bucketPath> [-verbose]
splunk check-integrity -index <indexName> [-verbose]

Smitra splunk, Splunker
May 1, 2018

It would be great in the future if there was a way to generate hashes for data that has already been indexed.

August 23, 2016

This is a useful feature for a lot of customers. From my point of view there should be a way to validate the hashes within the dmc, such as an alert if the integrity check fails and the results should be stored in a dedicated index. Even a sample of a script to copy the hashes as they roll from hot to warm would be great.

April 18, 2016

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