How to install a Wazuh SIEM server on a Raspberry Pi 4B

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With many security professionals now working remotely from home, some are looking at ways in which they can improve their home environment network and endpoint security. Commercial SIEM solutions are often considered too costly and complicated to deploy, but free lightweight open-source solutions offering minimal overhead such as Wazuh provide a good compromise for those of modest means aiming to mature the security of their home or small business environment.

This is my walkthrough on how to install the Wazuh server manager onto a Raspberry Pi 4B as an all-in-one deployment. I noticed there was no clear guidance online on how to go about doing this for a Raspberry Pi 4B, only a significant number of online posts outlining the installation and deployment difficulties people have faced. So here I've decided to document the process I took, tested and validated from start to finish, with clear directions anyone can follow.

By following this guide you can run your own open-source SIEM solution on a Raspberry Pi 4B at home. This is great not only for existing security professionals looking to improve the resiliency of their home setup, but also for those new to the information security industry seeking to gain hands-on experience in SIEM deployment, management, and other SIEM/SOC related activities.

Getting started

To get started, I used a Raspberry Pi 4B with 8GB RAM and a 128GB SanDisk Extreme SD card for storage.

Wazuh Server Box

Whilst the Raspberry Pi 4B I used for this project was custom built from TurboPi with high-end hardware for this particular purpose, any Raspberry Pi 4B with adequate hardware capable of running Raspbian OS (buster or greater) leveraging the AArch64 64-bit extension of the ARM architecture should be sufficient.


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  1. Install a Raspberry Pi 64-bit ARM OS

    First download and install the official Raspberry Pi Imager.

    Now download the latest Raspi OS ARM64 .zip image from the official repo (make sure it's the latest version).

    Open the Raspberry Pi Imager application.

    Select the CHOOSE OS button and in the dropdown list select the Use custom option.

    Raspberry Pi Imager

    Select the Raspi OS ARM64 .zip file you just downloaded.

    Select the SD storage card to write this to.

    Proceed with the prompted erasure, formatting, and writing activities to install the OS to your SD card.

    The last step here is to write an empty text file named 'ssh' (no file extension) to the root of the directory of the SD card.


    When the device boots and sees the 'ssh' file present, it will automatically enable SSH, which will allow us to remotely access the device command line in a headless state.

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  2. Identify your Raspberry Pi local IP address

    For this I use a Kali VM in VirtualBox, but any flavour of Linux distro can acheive the same.

    As the guest VM is not visible to the host under the default VirtualBox NAT settings, you need to change your VM network settings to bridge the network adapter between your host machine and the guest VM.

    Network Settings - Bridged Adapter

    Once the network adapter is bridged, we need to identify the Raspberry Pi IP address on the network. There are a few ways to do this (such as logging directly into the router), but we can also use an arp command with the -na flag to display the local network address translation tables and pipe the output using grep to pull any MAC addresses that begin with identifiers we're interested in.

    arp -na | grep -i dc:a6:32

    Raspberry Pi MAC addresses always use the same OUI (Organizational Unique Identifier) in their MAC address (b8:27:eb for all Raspberry Pi devices except Raspberry Pi 4B which uses dc:a6:32).

    ARP command to find Raspberry Pi IP address

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  3. Connecting to the Raspberry Pi

    Now we have the device IP address (in this example mine is assigned, we can SSH into it using default credentials ssh pi@ with the default password raspberry and get started.


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  4. Change hostname and update

    First you may wish to change the hostname from raspberry to wazuh (or something else). To do this run the command sudo raspi-config and navigate to System Options > Hostname using the GUI.

    Type in your desired hostname and hit Enter, then return to the main menu of the GUI and select Update. Once the device has finished updating, navigate to the to Finish button to save your new raspi-config settings.

    For the hostname change to take effect, reboot the device using the command sudo reboot, then SSH back in using the same credentials ssh pi@ with the default password raspberry once the reboot is complete.

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  5. Enable login as root

    Then if you want to login as root using SSH or WinSCP you need to edit the config of SSHD.

    Login, and edit the sshd_config file using sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config

    Find the line containing PermitRootLogin prohibit-password

    Edit this to reflect PermitRootLogin yes


    Close and save the file, then reboot or restart sshd service using /etc/init.d/ssh restart

    Set a root password if there isn't one already using sudo passwd root

    Now you can login as root (I recommend using a strong password or SSH keys).

    Now proceed to sudo up using sudo su and continue the next steps as root.

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  6. Update the Raspberry Pi packages

    To update the Raspberry Pi, first ensure the VM you're connecting from over SSH into has an Internet connection and then run the command apt update && apt upgrade -y

    Once the update and upgrade process is complete, pull down the required packages for the next steps using:
    apt-get install apt-transport-https zip unzip curl gnupg wget libcap2-bin software-properties-common lsb-release -y

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  7. Install Java 11

    echo 'deb stretch-backports main' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/backports.list

    apt update -y

    apt install openjdk-11-jdk -y

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  8. Install Elasticsearch OSS

    Fetch the Elasticsearch OSS arm64 installation package:

    Install the Elasticsearch OSS package:
    dpkg -i elasticsearch-oss-7.10.2-arm64.deb

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  9. Install Open Distro for Elasticsearch

    Download and add the signing keys for the repositories:
    wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -

    wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -

    Add the repository definitions:
    echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/opendistroforelasticsearch.list

    Update the packages:
    apt-get update -y

    Install the Open Distro for Elasticsearch package:
    apt install opendistroforelasticsearch -y

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  10. Configure and run Elasticsearch

    Run the following command to download the configuration file /etc/elasticsearch/elasticsearch.yml:
    curl -so /etc/elasticsearch/elasticsearch.yml

    Now we need to add users and roles in order to use the Wazuh Kibana properly. Run the following commands to add the Wazuh users and additional roles in Kibana:
    curl -so /usr/share/elasticsearch/plugins/opendistro_security/securityconfig/roles.yml
    curl -so /usr/share/elasticsearch/plugins/opendistro_security/securityconfig/roles_mapping.yml
    curl -so /usr/share/elasticsearch/plugins/opendistro_security/securityconfig/internal_users.yml

    Remove the demo certificates:
    rm /etc/elasticsearch/esnode-key.pem /etc/elasticsearch/esnode.pem /etc/elasticsearch/kirk-key.pem /etc/elasticsearch/kirk.pem /etc/elasticsearch/root-ca.pem -f

    Download the
    curl -so ~/
    curl -so ~/instances.yml

    Run the to generate the certificates:
    bash ~/

    Move the Elasticsearch certificates to their corresponding location for deployment:
    mkdir /etc/elasticsearch/certs/
    mv ~/certs/elasticsearch* /etc/elasticsearch/certs/
    mv ~/certs/admin* /etc/elasticsearch/certs/
    cp ~/certs/root-ca* /etc/elasticsearch/certs/

    Enable and start the Elasticsearch service:
    systemctl daemon-reload
    systemctl enable elasticsearch
    systemctl start elasticsearch

    Run the Elasticsearch securityadmin script to load the new certificates information and start the cluster:
    export ES_JAVA_HOME=/usr/share/elasticsearch/jdk/ && /usr/share/elasticsearch/plugins/opendistro_security/tools/ -cd /usr/share/elasticsearch/plugins/opendistro_security/securityconfig/ -nhnv -cacert /etc/elasticsearch/certs/root-ca.pem -cert /etc/elasticsearch/certs/admin.pem -key /etc/elasticsearch/certs/admin-key.pem

    Run the following command to ensure the installation is successful:
    curl -XGET https://localhost:9200 -u admin:admin -k

    An example response should look as follows:

    Elasticsearch Curl Summary

    The Open Distro for Elasticsearch performance analyzer plugin is installed by default and can have a negative impact on system resources. The official Wazuh documentation recommends removing this with the following command /usr/share/elasticsearch/bin/elasticsearch-plugin remove opendistro-performance-analyzer and restarting the Elasticsearch service afterwards.

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  11. Install and run the Wazuh manager

    Install the GPG key:
    curl -s | apt-key add -

    Add the repository definition:
    echo "deb stable main" | tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/wazuh.list

    Update the Wazuh packages:
    apt-get update -y

    Install the Wazuh manager package:
    apt-get install wazuh-manager

    Enable and start the Wazuh manager service:
    systemctl daemon-reload
    systemctl enable wazuh-manager
    systemctl start wazuh-manager

    Run the following command to check if the Wazuh manager is active:
    systemctl status wazuh-manager

    An example response should look as follows:

    Wazuh Manager systemctl Status

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  12. Install and configure Filebeat

    Add the repository definition:
    echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/elastic-7.x.list

    Fetch the Filebeat arm64 installation package:

    Install the Filebeat package:
    dpkg -i filebeat-oss-7.12.1-arm64.deb

    Download the pre-configured Filebeat config file used to forward Wazuh alerts to Elasticsearch:
    curl -so /etc/filebeat/filebeat.yml

    Download the alerts template for Elasticsearch:
    curl -so /etc/filebeat/wazuh-template.json
    chmod go+r /etc/filebeat/wazuh-template.json

    Download the Wazuh module for Filebeat:
    curl -s | tar -xvz -C /usr/share/filebeat/module

    Copy the Elasticsearch certificates into /etc/filebeat/certs:
    mkdir /etc/filebeat/certs
    cp ~/certs/root-ca.pem /etc/filebeat/certs/
    mv ~/certs/filebeat* /etc/filebeat/certs/

    Enable and start the Filebeat service:
    systemctl daemon-reload
    systemctl enable filebeat
    systemctl start filebeat

    To ensure that Filebeat has been successfully installed, run the following command:
    filebeat test output

    An example response should look as follows:

    Filebeat Response Output Example

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  13. Install and configure Kibana

    Install the Kibana package:
    apt-get install opendistroforelasticsearch-kibana

    Download the Kibana configuration file:
    curl -so /etc/kibana/kibana.yml

    Create the /usr/share/kibana/data directory:
    mkdir /usr/share/kibana/data
    chown -R kibana:kibana /usr/share/kibana

    Install the Wazuh Kibana plugin. The installation of the plugin must be done from the Kibana home directory as follows:
    cd /usr/share/kibana
    sudo -u kibana /usr/share/kibana/bin/kibana-plugin install

    Copy the Elasticsearch certificates into the Kibana configuration folder:
    mkdir /etc/kibana/certs
    cp ~/certs/root-ca.pem /etc/kibana/certs/
    mv ~/certs/kibana* /etc/kibana/certs/
    chown kibana:kibana /etc/kibana/certs/*

    Link Kibana’s socket to privileged port 443:
    setcap 'cap_net_bind_service=+ep' /usr/share/kibana/node/bin/node

    Enable and start the Kibana service:
    systemctl daemon-reload
    systemctl enable kibana
    systemctl start kibana

    Check the Kibana service status to ensure it's running:
    systemctl status kibana

    An example response should look as follows:

    Kibana systemctl status

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  14. Open the Kibana interface

    Visit the Raspberry Pi 4B device IP address in your browser (e.g my interface is reachable at Upon the first access to Kibana, the browser shows a warning message stating that the certificate was not issued by a trusted authority.

    Browser warning first visit

    An exception can be added in the advanced options of the web browser or, for increased security, the root-ca.pem file previously generated can be imported to the certificate manager of the browser. Alternatively, a certificate from a trusted authority can be configured.

    Kibana login interface

    Login to Kibana using the default user credentials admin with the password admin. For security purposes I recommend these credentials are changed.

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  15. Change the default passwords

    To change the default credentials for all users residing in the internal_users.yml file, run the following command:
    bash -a

    An example response should look as follows:

    Wazuh auto generate passwords

    Remember to take note of these credentials or save them into a password manager if you have one.

    Next we need to also also update the credentials for Filebeat and Kibana (if these were not already covered by the script).

    Open and update the Filebeat configuration file:
    nano /etc/filebeat/filebeat.yml

    Change the associated password: value. Make sure you make a record of this, then save and exit.

    Update Filebeat default password

    Open and update the Kibana configuration file:
    nano /etc/kibana/kibana.yml

    Change the associated elasticsearch.password: value. Make sure you make a record of this, then save and exit.

    Update Kibana default password

    Restart all services for the changes to take effect:
    systemctl restart wazuh-manager
    systemctl restart filebeat
    systemctl restart kibana

Congratulations, you've now installed the Wazuh server manager onto your Raspberry Pi. Now you can install the Wazuh agents on any devices you want to onboard to monitor security related events from within the server manager interface. The Wazuh agent installation guide is relatively simple and can be found here.

I hope this tutorial helped.


Jacob Riggs

Jacob Riggs is a Security Specialist based in the UK with almost a decade of experience working to improve the cyber security of media and third sector organisations. His contributions focus on expanding encryption tools, promoting crypto-anarchist philosophy, and pioneering projects centred on leveraging cryptography to protect the privacy and political freedoms of others.

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