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This search looks for suspicious processes on all systems labeled as web servers.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2019-04-01
  • Author: David Dorsey, Splunk
  • ID: ec3b7601-689a-4463-94e0-c9f45638efb9


ID Technique Tactic
T1082 System Information Discovery Discovery

| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where Processes.dest_category="web_server" AND (Processes.process="*whoami*" OR Processes.process="*ping*" OR Processes.process="*iptables*" OR Processes.process="*wget*" OR Processes.process="*service*" OR Processes.process="*curl*") by Processes.process Processes.process_name, Processes.dest Processes.user
| `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `web_servers_executing_suspicious_processes_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

You must be ingesting data that records process activity from your hosts to populate the Endpoint data model in the Processes node. You must also be ingesting logs with both the process name and command line from your endpoints. The command-line arguments are mapped to the "process" field in the Endpoint data model. In addition, web servers will need to be identified in the Assets and Identity Framework of Enterprise Security.

Required field

  • _time
  • Processes.dest_category
  • Processes.process
  • Processes.process_name
  • Processes.dest
  • Processes.user

Kill Chain Phase

  • Actions on Objectives

Known False Positives

Some of these processes may be used legitimately on web servers during maintenance or other administrative tasks.


Test Dataset

Replay any dataset to Splunk Enterprise by using our replay.py tool or the UI. Alternatively you can replay a dataset into a Splunk Attack Range

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