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The following analytic identifies instances where Office 365 has blocked a user's attempt to grant consent to an application deemed risky or potentially malicious. This suggests that the application has exhibited behaviors or characteristics that are commonly associated with malicious intent or poses a security risk. This detection leverages the O365 audit logs, specifically focusing on events related to user consent actions and system-driven blocks. By filtering for blocked consent actions associated with applications, the analytic highlights instances where O365's built-in security measures have intervened. Applications that are flagged and blocked by O365 typically exhibit suspicious characteristics or behaviors. Monitoring for these blocked consent attempts helps security teams identify potential threats early on and can provide insights into users who might be targeted or susceptible to such risky applications. It's an essential layer of defense in ensuring that malicious or risky applications don't gain access to organizational data. If the detection is a true positive, it indicates that the built-in security measures of O365 successfully prevented a potentially harmful application from gaining access. However, the attempt itself suggests that either a user might be targeted or that there's a presence of malicious applications trying to infiltrate the organization. Immediate investigation is required to understand the context of the block and to take further preventive measures.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Risk
  • Last Updated: 2023-10-11
  • Author: Mauricio Velazco, Splunk
  • ID: 242e4d30-cb59-4051-b0cf-58895e218f40




ID Technique Tactic
T1528 Steal Application Access Token Credential Access
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
  • DE.CM
  • CIS 10
`o365_management_activity` Workload=AzureActiveDirectory Operation="Consent to application." ResultStatus=Failure 
| eval permissions =mvindex('ModifiedProperties{}.NewValue', 4) 
| eval reason =mvindex('ModifiedProperties{}.NewValue', 5) 
|  search reason = "Risky application detected" 
| rex field=permissions "Scope: (?<Scope>[^,]+)" 
|  stats max(_time) as lastTime by Operation, user, reason, object, Scope 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `o365_user_consent_blocked_for_risky_application_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: o365_user_consent_blocked_for_risky_application_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.

Required fields

List of fields required to use this analytic.

  • _time
  • Workload
  • Operation
  • ResultStatus
  • ModifiedProperties{}.NewValue
  • object
  • ObjectId

How To Implement

You must install the Splunk Microsoft Office 365 Add-on and ingest Office 365 management activity events.

Known False Positives

Microsofts algorithm to identify risky applications is unknown and may flag legitimate applications.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
30.0 30 100 O365 has blocked $user$ attempt to grant to consent to an application deemed risky.

:information_source: The Risk Score is calculated by the following formula: Risk Score = (Impact * Confidence/100). Initial Confidence and Impact is set by the analytic author.


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