This Zeek script framework communicates with the Zeek osquery extension to perform live queries against osquery tables and then incorporate the results back into Zeek's processing & logging.

Note: This framework is still a work in progress and expected to change further in terms of API, functionality, and implementation. It's not also not been fully "Zeekified" yet.


The framework requires Zeek 3.0.0, which you can download and install per the instructions on the Zeek web site.

You will also need to install osquery and osquery Zeek extension according to these instructions.


The easiest way to install this Zeek osquery framework, is through the Zeek package manager. If you have not installed the package manager yet, do that first:

# pip install zkg
# zkg autoconfig

# zkg install zeek/osquery-framework

Alternatively, you can clone the repository manually and copy it over into Zeek's site folder:

# git clone https://github.com/zeek/osquery-framework
# cp -a osquery-framework/osquery-framework $(zeek-config --site_dir)

If you'd rather run it directly out of the local repository clone (rather than site), set your ZEEKPATH accordingly:

# export ZEEKPATH=<path/to/osquery-framework-repo>:$(zeek-config --zeekpath)


Using any of the three installation methods above, you can now load the framework when you start Zeek:

# zeek osquery-framework

If you already have osqueryd running with the Zeek extension on an endhost, you should now see a new Zeek log file osquery.log that shows the host connecting to Zeek:

# cat osquery.log
#fields    ts        source   peer          level   message
1569227664.061467    local    BroMaster     info    Subscribing to bro announce topic /bro/osquery/bro_announce
1569227664.061467    local    BroMaster     info    Subscribing to bro individual topic /bro/osquery/bro/438471C1AD3BC467D02E991FBF767CABB5E36500#22035
1569227690.750173    local    BroMaster     info    Incoming connection established from 438471C1AD3BC467D02E991FBF767CABB5E36500#22353
1569227692.683012    host     example.org   info    Osquery host connected (438471C1AD3BC467D02E991FBF767CABB5E36500#22353 announced as: example.org)

You won't see much more at first as there's nothing sending queries to the endhost yet. However, there's an additional set of scripts coming with the framework that installs queries against selected tables and turns the results into Zeek log files. You can enable these by loading the osquery-framework/tables module:

# zeek osquery-framework/tables

To enable these permanently, put @load osquery-framework/tables into your local.zeek file.

Once enabled, you'll start seeing these additional Zeek log files:

  • osq-interface.log: Records network interfaces added to a host.
  • osq-listening_ports.log: Records network ports listening for incoming connections.
  • osq-mounts.log: Records devices being mounted.
  • osq-prcocesses.log: Records procsseses running on a host.
  • osq-process_events.log: Likewise records processes, yet uses osquery's events-based table. That's more reliably, but requires osquery to be able to connect to Linux' audit system.
  • osq-process_open_sockets: Records sockets being opened.
  • osq-socket_events: Likewise records sockets being opened, using osquery's events-based table.
  • osq-users: Records users being added to a host.


This Zeek framework is based on an earlier implementation by Steffan Haas, with additional work contributed by Corelight.

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