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This search detects accounts with high number of Single Sign ON (SSO) logon errors. Excessive logon errors may indicate attempts to bruteforce of password or single sign on token hijack or reuse.

  • Type: Anomaly
  • Product: Splunk Security Analytics for AWS, Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel:
  • Last Updated: 2021-01-26
  • Author: Rod Soto, Splunk
  • ID: 8158ccc4-6038-11eb-ae93-0242ac130002


ID Technique Tactic
T1556 Modify Authentication Process Credential Access, Defense Evasion, Persistence
`o365_management_activity`  Workload=AzureActiveDirectory LogonError=SsoArtifactInvalidOrExpired 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by LogonError ActorIpAddress UserAgent UserId 
| where count > 5 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)`
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `o365_excessive_sso_logon_errors_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

You must install splunk Microsoft Office 365 add-on. This search works with o365:management:activity

Required field

  • _time
  • Workload
  • LogonError
  • ActorIpAddress
  • UserAgent
  • UserId

Kill Chain Phase

  • Actions on Objective

Known False Positives

Logon errors may not be malicious in nature however it may indicate attempts to reuse a token or password obtained via credential access attack.


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
64.0 80 80 User $UserId$ has caused excessive number of SSO logon errors from $ActorIpAddress$ using UserAgent $UserAgent$.


Test Dataset

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