parseLEEF( ) Query Function

Parse LEEF encoded message. Only LEEF version 1.0 and 2.0 is supported.

This function will skip any prefix up to the marker LEEF:1.0| or LEEF:2.0|. So even though LEEF messages are typically delivered via Syslog, the Syslog part of the message has to be parsed separately.

If the LEEF message contains a devTime (and optionally devTimeFormat) this function will extract the time stamp from there and assign it to @timestamp.

For a log line like this:

<13>1 2019-01-18T11:07:53.520Z LEEF:2.0|Lancope|StealthWatch|1.0|41|^|src=^act=blocked an X^dst=

Using parseLEEF(@rawstring) will add these fields:

  • leef.version: 2.0
  • leef.device.vendor: Lanscope
  • leef.device.product: StealthWatch
  • leef.device.version: 1.0
  • leef.event_id: 41
  • leef.ext.src:
  • leef.ext.act: “blocked an X”
  • leef.ext.dst:

Use the (unnamed) field parameter to specify which field should be parsed. Specify @rawstring to parse the rawstring. You can use the parameter prefix to specify an alternative to leef.ext. as prefix for the extension fields.

You may want to review the specifications for LEEF. For legacy support, a LEEF:0| is parsed as LEEF:1.0 headers, with CEF:0-style body. In general the implementation is more permissive than the spec to allow for common mistaskes in log writers.


Name Type Required Default Description
field string No @rawstring Field that holds the input in LEEF form
prefix string No leef.ext. Prefix to extension fields. Fields in the LEEF extension part are prefixed with this.
delimiter string No Delimiter to use when parsing the extension fields of a LEEF:1.0 message. When processing LEEF:2.0 messages this argument is ignored as the value is specified in a message header. The value must be a single character with unicode value in the range 0x0000-0xffff.
parsetime bool No true Control if the devTime extension field should be parsed. This parameter is set to true by default, so setting this to false can be used to disable the time parsing step.
timezone string No Z Time zone to use if none specified in devTimeFormat string.

field is the unnamed parameter.


CEF parse the @rawstring field from a log line: <13>1 2019-01-18T11:07:53.520Z LEEF:2.0|Lancope|StealthWatch|1.0|41|^|src=^act=blocked an X^dst= This will add the fields leef.version, leef.device.vendor, leef.device.product, leef.device.version, leef.event_id, leef.ext.src, leef.ext.act and leef.ext.dst to the event.