Using MineMeld to Create a Custom Miner

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This document provides an example of how to configure a custom miner prototype in MineMeld in order to retrieve an external threat feed. The feed will need to be manipulated through regex expressions to only include the portions which are readable by the Palo Alto Networks firewall.





Required Item


Fusion for MAC

Tested with version 10.1.3

MineMeld VM

Tested with V0.9.50

Palo Alto Networks Virtual Firewall

Tested with VM50 PANOS 8.1.2


Use Case Diagram







The first step is to create a custom miner prototype.  This prototype defines the external feed location as well as any custom regex required to pull out what is necessary (and remove what is not necessary) for the firewall to read it as an external dynamic list (EDL).


After logging into your instance of MineMeld, click the config menu-bar option to see the current configured items.





In the lower right-hand portion of the page, select the icon to “browse prototypes”.




Search for a prototype miner whose type matches the type of list you wish to create (i.e. IP4, Domain, URL). In this example, I selected itcertpa.URLS in order to create a customer URL miner prototype.





Click on the desired prototype to see the details. Then select “New” to create a new prototype based on this specific miner.





Modify the NAME and CONFIG areas as needed.





In this example, I want to bring in the ransomware tracker feed located at:


In addition, the regex will need to be modified in order to strip the http:// and https:// from the IOC’s so the firewall EDL can read the output. The ignore_regex field will be used to ignore any lines with the # symbol (the entire line).




Click OK to save the new prototype.


The next step is to create a new miner using the new prototype.


Go to the Config area.





Click on the “eye” icon in the lower right in order to change to expert mode. Once in expert mode, a plus icon will appear allowing you to add a MineMeld node.




Select the plus, provide the new node with a name. For the PROTOTYPE drop-down, select the new prototype previously created.




Select OK to save the new miner node.


Next, create a new Aggregator node (also known as a processor node).  This node will aggregate one or more miner feeds, perform de-duplication, and prepare the data to be used by an output node.


In the Config section, select the icon to see all of the prototypes.




In the search field, type “processor” to see all of the processor prototypes. Look for one that matches the miner prototype created previously. In this example, I found stdlib.aggregatorURL. Once you find the aggregator example you wish to use, select it and then select “NEW” in the upper right-hand portion of the page to create a new aggregator node based on the one you found.


Give it a name and optionally, edit the CONFIG portion to remove any conditions that may not apply to your aggregator. In this example, I removed the area within the orange square. You may also add additional parameters depending on what you want your aggregated list to look like.




The next step is to create an aggregator node based on the new aggregator prototype just created. Go back to Config, enter expert mode, and select the plus to add a new aggregator node.


Give it a name, and for the PROTOTYPE drop-down, select the prototype just created. For the INPUTS field, select the custom miner node created in the first step.




The last node to be created is the Output node. This node will use the aggregated list and publish it to MineMeld’s internal web server so the firewall can read the final list and use it in a policy.


From the Config area, select the icon to see the prototypes. In the search field, look for “output”. Find one similar to what you want your output to look like. In this example, I used stdlib.feedGreenWithValue. Select the prototype and select “New” to create a new output based on the one selected.


Give it a name and optionally edit the CONFIG portion. In this example, I removed the portion within the orange square.





Go back to Config, enter expert mode, and select the plus to create a new output node based on the prototype just created. Give it a name, and select the output prototype in the dropdown. For the input, select the custom aggregator/processor node previously created.




Select OK to save.


You should see all three of the custom nodes created.




When ready, select COMMIT in the upper left-hand corner to save the nodes and put them to work.


To see if the list has been created, go to nodes.




Click the Output node you created and notice the FEED BASE URL link. Open the link to see the published list that the firewall will read. See a screenshot of the ransomware list below. Notice that the list no longer contains http:// or https:// references due to the regex working as expected.






The list is now ready to be consumed by the firewall.




The firewall configuration is much easier. Browse to your Palo Alto Networks firewall and go to Objects > External Dynamic Lists and select the Add button in the lower left-hand portion of the screen.




For Type, select the appropriate type for the node type created in MineMeld. Copy the FEED BASE URL from MineMeld and paste it into Source. Optionally, Test by clicking the Test Source URL button. Click OK to save.




The final step is to use the EDL within a policy. Go to Policies > Security and add a new rule (or modify an existing rule) where you want the policy to take effect.



In the Destination tab, under Destination Address, click Add and select the EDL just created.




Commit the config.



Using MineMeld is a powerful and easy way to bring in 3rd party threat feeds based on IP, URL, and Domain. Using these feeds in your security policy is as easy as pointing the firewall to the published list and referring to the list in a policy. There are many use cases for EDL’s in both positive and negative enforcement scenarios. See the Live link below for additional ideas on incorporating EDL’s with MineMeld into your enterprise security operations.


To learn more about the free MineMeld tool:


To learn more about External Dynamic Lists:


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L5 Sessionator

Thanks and congratulations @kwall00 for such a great article.


I'd like to take the chance to point two additional resources:

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@xhoms appreciate the additional information! 

L3 Networker

@xhoms @arsimon The above is great however it doesn't work with a taxiiclient class prototype, is there a way we can do this with that type of prototype?

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