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Subject: Re: [cti-stix] Re: [EXT] [cti-stix] ability to use UUID5 in STIX2 identifier



And I would suggest we DO want the calculation to be done âbased upon the data from the objectâ. As that is how we get value from such an ID.

It should just not be done on ALL properties of the object.

We just need to define the semantically relevant properties to use for the calculation. This is exactly what we have just done for SCOs.


Sean Barnum

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From: <cti-stix@lists.oasis-open.org> on behalf of Jason Keirstead <Jason.Keirstead@ca.ibm.com>
Date: Monday, February 4, 2019 at 3:20 PM
To: John-Mark Gurney <jmg@newcontext.com>
Cc: "cti-stix@lists.oasis-open.org" <cti-stix@lists.oasis-open.org>, "Wunder, John A." <jwunder@mitre.org>, Sergey Polzunov <sergey@eclecticiq.com>
Subject: Re: [cti-stix] Re: [EXT] [cti-stix] ability to use UUID5 in STIX2 identifier


I would think we would want to use a DNS or URL namespace, would we not?

Jason Keirstead
Lead Architect - IBM Security Connect

"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle." - Unknown

From:        John-Mark Gurney <jmg@newcontext.com>
To:        Jason Keirstead <Jason.Keirstead@ca.ibm.com>
Cc:        "Wunder, John A." <jwunder@mitre.org>, "cti-stix@lists.oasis-open.org" <cti-stix@lists.oasis-open.org>, Sergey Polzunov <sergey@eclecticiq.com>
Date:        02/04/2019 04:10 PM
Subject:        Re: [cti-stix] Re: [EXT] [cti-stix] ability to use UUID5 in STIX2 identifier

Jason Keirstead wrote this message on Mon, Feb 04, 2019 at 14:08 -0400:
> I would also support this.
> I have learned more about the inner workings of UUID4/5 and I don't have
> any reservations about it anymore. The odds of collision with a
> properly-implemented UUID5 are on-par with UUID4
> As far as John's comment below - all this means IMHO is the library has to
> force you to provide a namespace (ie make it a mandatory argument in your
> constructor or whatever).

The one requirement I would like to make sure about UUIDv5 is that it
is NOT based upon the data from the object, otherwise versioning will

The reason we didn't use UUIDc4 as most of the proposals to use it was
to make it a hash of the contents, such as name and description, and
then update the UUID whenever the name and/or description changed..

If we do this, the name space should probably be the identity of the
new STIX2 object.  This would prevent collisions from happening when
two entities try to create a "new" STIX2 object from a STIX1 object...

> From:   "Wunder, John A." <jwunder@mitre.org>
> To:     Sergey Polzunov <sergey@eclecticiq.com>,
> "cti-stix@lists.oasis-open.org" <cti-stix@lists.oasis-open.org>
> Date:   02/04/2019 12:22 PM
> Subject:        [cti-stix] Re: [EXT] [cti-stix] ability to use UUID5 in
> STIX2 identifier
> Sent by:        <cti-stix@lists.oasis-open.org>
> I've been thinking a lot about this and I think it makes sense.
> One of the concerns we had at the time we chose UUID4 is that users of
> libraries like python-stix would need to remember to set the UUID5
> namespace -- or, if they don't and python-stix has some default namespace,
> different tools using the libraries could have overlapping IDs. This would
> also apply to users of the new Java libraries that I've seen come out. It
> might mean these libraries requiring that people set a unique namespace
> before creating any objects, vs. now where it can just go ahead and create
> IDs by default. I'd be curious what other people think about this problem
> and how we can help avoid it becoming an issue (especially given how many
> people use those libraries).
> John
> On 2/4/19, 11:12 AM, "cti-stix@lists.oasis-open.org on behalf of Sergey
> Polzunov" <cti-stix@lists.oasis-open.org on behalf of
> sergey@eclecticiq.com> wrote:
>     Hey everybody!
>     Current STIX2 spec definition of an`identifier` for STIX2 objects is
> as follows:
>     > An identifier universally and uniquely identifies a SDO, SRO,
> Bundle, or Marking Definition. Identifiers MUST follow the form
> object-type--UUIDv4, where object-type is the exact value (all type names
> are lowercase strings, by definition) from the type property of the object
> being identified or referenced and where the UUIDv4 is an RFC
> 4122-compliant Version 4 UUID. The UUID MUST be generated according to the
> algorithm(s) defined in RFC 4122, section 4.4 (Version 4 UUID) [RFC4122].
>     â from
>     I think the requirement to have UUID4 brings more problems than
> benefits. It makes STIX1->STIX2 transition difficult, hurting existing
> STIX1 users.
>     I will try to show it in these 2 use cases.
>     Use case 1
>     ----------
>         Imagine that I'm a client of an intelligence provider A. I've been
> a client for a long time and I have received intelligence in STIX1.2,
> which I stored in my DB. I fetch new intelligence daily, downloading only
> fresh data. Often fresh data links to old objects for context.
>         Provider A decides to upgrade and switch to STIX2. In addition to
> an old STIX1.2 feed, provider creates new STIX2 feed with the same data.
> In STIX2 all objects have new identifiers and Provider A does not bother
> to supply a mapping of STIX1.2 ids to STIX2 ids. Now I, as a client, have
> 2 options:
>         - clean slate option: drop all old data from this provider and
> re-fetch everything. That will work if Provider A is the only provider I
> use or if I never referenced Provider A's data from my own intelligence.
> Not a great plan.
>         - new era option: leave my STIX1.2 data graph in place and start
> consuming new STIX2 feed from today. This option has one big issue: new
> STIX2 data will not be connected to STIX1.2 data I already have, because
> STIX2 ids are all different. If I want to deduce connection, I need to
> deduplicate the data against my existing STIX1.2 DB. This means my
> ingestion pipeline must be smart enough to compare STIX1.2 objects to
> STIX2 objects and be fast enough to do that for every new STIX2 object.
> This will be difficult to implement and will have a huge performance
> penalty.
>     Use case 2
>     ----------
>         Imagine that I'm a NCSC. I receive intelligence from providers,
> combine it and distribute it to my clients. My providers are still on
> STIX1.2 but my clients want STIX2, so I must convert STIX1.2 I receive
> into STIX2. Full STIX1.2 entities I can transform easily but what do I do
> with IDREFs I have in my STIX1.2 data?
>         I can generate new STIX2 id every time I see new STIX1.2 IDREF in
> incoming data and store STIX1.2->STIX2 mapping somewhere to be used next
> time I see this IDREF. This is painful and will require additional
> resources, but it is doable. But it will only work until the moment my
> providers switch to STIX2 and start sending me full objects for those
> IDREFs with new random STIX2 identifiers! I can not predict these
> identifiers and I can't match them with the ones I generated. So my
> thinking is - what is the point in even bothering with old IDREFs? I will
> just drop them, sending my clients sometimes disconnected STIX2 entities,
> hoping that they will figure it out.
>     Proposed solutions if UUID5 is allowed in STIX2 identifiers:
>     Use case 1 solution
>     -------------------
>         There can be a guideline that will recommend providers to use old
> STIX1.2 IDs as input for new STIX2 identifiers. If STIX2 identifiers are
> predictable I, as a client, can greatly simplify my deduplication logic. I
> can run DB migration once to calculate STIX2 identifiers for all my
> STIX1.2 objects and use these on ingestion for deduplication. Appending
> STIX2 data to my STIX1.2 DB will be much easier.
>         I'm also interested in pushing Provider A to adopting this STIX2
> identifier generation practice because it will save me money.
>     Use case 2 solution
>     -------------------
>     WIth UUID5 I have a way out: I can generate new STIX2 ids from old
> STIX1.2 ids! I can parse IDREF value, that looks like `[ns
> prefix]:[construct type]-[GUID]`, and use provider's namespace / construct
> type to build new STIX2 identifier. The logic will be like this:
>         - full IDREF will be input for UUID5 function
>         - for STIX1.2 types that were split (like TTP), I do not know
> exact STIX2 type Provider would use for old TTP. My solution here would be
> to play safe and create relations for all possible types: for IDREF to
> TTP, I will create 4 relations: one to a possible Tool object, one to
> Malware, one to Attack Pattern and one to Identity. It is an overhead but
> it is a small price for keeping interconnected intelligence graph.
>         Again, when time comes and my providers move to STIX2, I'm
> interested in pushing them to adopt this id generation schema for old
> objects, because it will save me, as NCSC, money.
>     To reiterate, I would like to propose:
>     - a change in STIX2 spec to allow both UUID5 and UUID4 to be used in
> an identifier of SDO, SRO, MarkingDefinition and Custom Object entities;
>     - creating a guideline, complimentary to the spec, that would explain
> how STIX1.2 ids can be transformed into STIX2 for easier transition.
>     Practicalities:
>     UUID5 ids require use of a namespace. UUID5 RFC (
> ) defines some generic namespaces (
> ) but does not prohibits the use of custom ones. I suggest this algorithm:
>         - namespace UUID5 is generated by using predefined `NameSpace_URL`
> namespace and producer's URL;
>         - for old objects, GUID part of STIX2 identifier is namespaced
> UUID5 generated from old STIX1.2 id
>         - for new objects, GUID part of STIX2 identifier is either
> namespaced UUID5 with random UUID4 string, or just random UUID4.
>     Example python code for generating UUID5 with custom namespace:
>         In [1]: import uuid
>            ...:
>            ...: stix12_id =
> 'eclecticiq:threat-actor-07fa8672-4bca-46e1-a60f-023882b4a473'
>            ...: namespace_uuid = uuid.uuid5(uuid.NAMESPACE_URL,
> 'https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__eclecticiq.com_ns&d=DwIGaQ&c=jf_iaSHvJObTbx-siA1ZOg&r=k6Q07xZDujljzkKqZUfupXFUDIHGIiq-Sl_u1bw0hyA&m=cvP-VddGmd9zTZUjb6OSCUczFxCjDL1cA586YiCE8YI&s=tQbiU4LJBfzo5lmgDPo4k6EjM9ZKKwE6AzhNphzBRcM&e=')
>            ...: stix2_uuid = uuid.uuid5(namespace_uuid, stix12_id)
>            ...: stix2_id = 'threat-actor--{}'.format(stix2_uuid)
>            ...:
>            ...: print("new STIX2 id: {}".format(stix2_id))
>         new STIX2 id: threat-actor--adee573a-12e9-5dd3-958b-0040d32c6b3e
>     BONUS: python functions to convert STIX1.2 IDREFs into STIX2
> identifiers -
>     Thank you,
>     Sergey Polzunov
>     EclecticIQ


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