: Work with the Search
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Work with the Search

Use the search to perform both simple and complex searches based on threat indicators or identifiers. The search has a range of features for customizing and executing searches. For details on navigating and using the search results (including adding identifiers to your search as you go), refer to Drill Down in Search Results.
  • Open the
    editor on the navigation pane and select a search type.
    • Indicators
      —Search based on threat indicators, artifacts that have been ascertained by security experts as exhibiting signs of a compromised network. These artifacts include: File hashes, domains, URLS, and IP addresses.
    • Sample
      —Search based on samples sent to WildFire for analysis by various connected appliances and services. WildFire receives samples from the following sources: Firewalls, WildFire, Traps, Traps Android, Magnifier, Proofpoint, Prima SaaS, manual uploads, partner integrations, and other industry sources.
    • Session
      —Search based on the session data provided by samples during sample submission. This allows you to search based on various context details, such as the time stamp, upload source, application, file URL, and more. The session data displayed in the search results include all relevant data submitted to WildFire through your organization's various product integrations.
  • Start an indicator search.
    1. Select
      Search > Indicators
      to begin a new indicator search.
    2. Enter a valid threat indicator value. You can select from the following types: Domain, URL, IP addresses (IPv4 or IPv6), and file hashes.
      When switching the search context from
      , AutoFocus reapplies the search term using a valid artifact type into an advanced search mode. This allows you to quickly pivot for more information about a particular indicator.
  • Start a sample or session simple mode search.
    To begin a new simple mode search, select
    Search > Sample
    (based on the type of search you with to perform). If the search is in advanced mode, switch to
    Simple Mode
    AutoFocus defaults to the last search mode used by the user.
    Create a simple mode search by selecting the relevant conditions from the drop-down menus. Should you need to run a search using other variables, you must define the scope and value in the
    1. Configure your search by selecting the desired search variables from the drop-down menus. You can select from the following categories:
      First Seen | Time
      , and
      (indicators of compromise).
      AutoFocus automatically refreshes after each variable is selected or modified.
      • Search by Verdict—Select from
        , and
        Any Verdict
        to search the data set based on a verdict.
      • Search by
        First Seen
        —First configure the search to include samples based on when it was
        First Seen
        (the time stamp of when the sample was first forwarded or uploaded to WildFire for analysis) or by
        (the time stamp of when the session started), then set the search to display data for the last 1, 7, 30, 90, 180, or 365 days.
        The time setting does not filter the scope (My Samples, (private), Public Samples, or All Samples (private and public samples)) of the sample data set.
      • Search by
        —Select from
        Manual API
        Traps Android
        WF Appliance
        Prisma SaaS
        Prisma Access
        Cortex XDR
        , and
        Any Source
        to filter the data set based on the upload source.
      • Search by
        —Select from a list of tags, tag classes, or tag groups. Alternatively, you can filter the list of tags by entering a keyword to search for samples associated with a tag.
      • Search by
        —Search based on the following indicators of compromise:
        IP Address
        User Agent
        Email Address
        , and
      • Apply a
        Saved Search
        —Select a
        Saved Search
        setting to quickly execute a search based on preconfigured saved search conditions.
    2. If you want to add other conditions to the search, you can switch to
      mode. Switching to advanced mode retains the condition values selected from the simple search mode. From here, you can add additional search conditions that are not available in simple search mode. For more details on using the advanced mode search, refer to Begin a new advanced search.
      If you add search conditions that are not available in Simple mode, you will be prompted to reset your search.
  • Start a sample or session advanced mode search.
    To begin a new advanced mode search, select
    Search > Sample
    (based on the type of search you with to perform). If the search is in simple mode, switch to
    AutoFocus defaults to the last search mode used by the user.
    To create a search condition, choose the type of artifact you want to find and define the scope and value:
    1. Select one of the Artifact Types from the drop-down to perform a search of global threat data based on that artifact type.
      Start typing the name of the artifact type to narrow down the list of options.
    2. Select an operator for the search condition.
      The operator determines the scope of search results; you can use the operator to limit or expand potential results, or to return exact match results. Search Operators and Values vary depending on the type of artifact you select.
      You can use the operator to create negative search conditions. Use negative operators such as
      is not
      is not in the list
      to return more granular search results that exclude samples or sessions that match the negative condition.
    3. Enter or select a value to define the search condition. Depending on the artifact type and operator selected, you may be able to choose from predefined values, or you might be required to enter an exact value to perform the search.
      Learn more about Search Operators and Values.
      If you are attempting to select a value from a pre-populated drop-down, and the drop-down appears to be loading for a long period of time, try clearing your browser cache.
  • Add more search conditions.
    • Add conditions to your search.
      You can add up to 300 search conditions to a single search.
    • Remove conditions from your search.
  • Narrow or broaden your search.
    Match results to all or any of the defined search conditions:
    • Narrow search results by selecting
      . Search results are only returned for samples that match all conditions.
    • Broaden search results by selecting
      . Search results are returned for samples that match one or more conditions.
  • Add a child query.
    A child query is a condition or a set of conditions nested within and used to qualify a parent query. A child query is evaluated only against the parent query to which it is added. Add a child query to return more granular search results, where the results must match both the parent query and the child query.
    The example search below shows a child query added to the Email Subject condition. Search results will be returned for samples where the following is true:
    • The sample was first seen before March 13, 2015.
    • The email subject for the sample file contained the word
      and received a WildFire verdict of either malware or grayware.
    You can only add up to 4 levels of child queries nested under parent queries.
  • Add a parent query.
    Add Parent Query
    to nest a search condition under the preceding condition. AutoFocus then only evaluates the nested search condition against the parent condition.
    In the example below, click
    Add Parent Query
    to nest the First Seen condition under the WildFire Verdict condition. Search results will be returned for samples where any of the following conditions is true:
    • The sample received a WildFire verdict of malware and was first seen before July 1, 2016.
    • The sample is an Adobe Flash file.
  • Adjust search condition placement.
    Move Up
    Move Down
    search conditions to move conditions to or from a child query. Depending on the placement of a condition, you can move it up or down to include it in a child query. You can also move a condition up or down to remove it from a child query so that it is no longer a nested condition.
    Alternatively, you can move a search condition using the keyboard. Placing the cursor over the left edge of a condition displays a directional icon. Click on the icon next to the condition or condition group you want to move and then use the keyboard arrows to change the placement. Depending on the location of the condition, you can also create child and parent queries by pressing the right arrow key. Exit the keyboard movement mode by pressing the escape key or by clicking the selected condition.
  • Disable a search condition.
    a condition to temporarily remove it from a search. This option provides the flexibility to temporarily adjust your search parameters, and then quickly and easily add the condition back to your search if necessary.
    Disabled search conditions are grayed out:
    To enable a search condition that was previously disabled, select the ellipses icon for that condition and select
  • Start a new search from your current search.
    Start a
    New Search
    for any of the search conditions of an existing search. The new search launches in a separate browser window.
  • Add a search condition to a remote search.
    This is one way to add search conditions that define which artifacts to find remotely in a Palo Alto Networks® next-generation firewall, Panorama, or third-party log management system when you Set Up Remote Search.
    This option is only available for SHA256 hash, IP address, user agent, filename, or URL search conditions.
  • Add recent or frequently-used conditions to a search.
    Select the
    Show Search History
    icon and add
    Recently used
    Most used
    search conditions to your search.
  • Save a search.
    Save searches that you might be performing on a regular basis, or to quickly recreate useful search settings:
    Click the
    Save Search
    icon, enter a name and description to identify the saved search when using it later, and save the search.
  • Use a saved search.
    Open Saved Search
    to view an alphabetical list of previously saved searches, and click the spyglass icon to add a saved search to the search editor.
  • Tag a search.
    Tag Results
    to create a tag based on search conditions. Tags can be used to define a set of conditions that indicate an important network event or a possible or known threat.
    Tag a search so you can easily identify and track any existing or future samples that match the search.
    When you Create a Tag, give the tag a recognizable name and description. Select
    on the navigation pane to manage tags you have created and to view all tags.
  • Export a search.
    You can export a search to share the search between support accounts or with another AutoFocus security expert.
    • After setting up a search and viewing search results, select
      Export Search
    • Copy the search filters.
    • Paste the search filters to a local file send the filters to another user.
  • Import a search.
    Import Search
    to paste and import a previously exported query or a query shared by another AutoFocus security expert.
  • Start a remote search.
    Start a
    Remote Search
    to look for artifacts in a Palo Alto Networks firewall, Panorama, or third-party log management system. View more details on how to Set Up Remote Search.
    This feature is supported with firewalls running PAN-OS 7.1 or later release versions.
  • View the API request for a sample or session search.
    Click the
    link in the WildFire or Activity tab of the search editor to view the API request for initiating the current search. The API request is formatted in Curl URL Request Library (cURL) and Python (see more information about using the AutoFocus API to perform a search).
  • Choose from the following next steps:

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