Regex in Search Field

Hello Graylog Community,

I know I can use this in a stream, where I can have a regex contains [a-zA-Z0-9/+=]{500}

I’m using that to look for Base64 encoded commands

But how could I use that in a regular search in Graylog?

Running as a stream tends to die due to excessive processing time

I tried escaping the characters but always for the giant screen of fail

All insight is appreciated



I would try to extract that with a processing pipeline having that in a single field would make it easy to search for.

extracting the information makes it more easy to search and compare messages.

The documentation is a bit spotty and I’m having some issues piecing this together. Would you have a pipeline example with the syntax listed here so I can sort of assemble my mind around this? I think once I get the idea it will become clear.

All insight is appreciated!!

without knowing your data it is impossible to build a processing pipeline that makes sense.


This Regex in question is a simple query against the command line field in GELF coming from windows machines.

Looking for stuff like

jusched.exe /c asklhfalksdhflksadjhnflaskjdncvlsadkjnclksjadnclkjasnclkjsddclkjanlskdjncksjddlkcajnadskjcnlksjdandclkjsadclkjnsdlkjcdnlakjndckjsadclkajdslkcjnaslkdjnclkjasdncdkljdnlcjdsnckweijsdjnckasdnc

Which would be an encoded command.

Does that help any?

You should rewrite it based on your needs, but here is a working example.

rule "elastic server address"
      contains(to_string($message.message), "Retrying request to")
    set_field("elastic_ip", regex("http://(.*):9200" ,to_string($message.message))["0"]);

The pipeline can encode base64, I would store the encoded version also, maybe it is better for search.

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