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This search looks for Event Code 4742 (Computer Change) or EventCode 4624 (An account was successfully logged on) with an anonymous account.

  • Type: Hunting
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud

  • Last Updated: 2020-09-18
  • Author: Rod Soto, Jose Hernandez, Splunk
  • ID: 1400624a-d42d-484d-8843-e6753e6e3645




ID Technique Tactic
T1210 Exploitation of Remote Services Lateral Movement
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
  • DE.AE
  • CIS 10
ID Summary CVSS
CVE-2020-1472 An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists when an attacker establishes a vulnerable Netlogon secure channel connection to a domain controller, using the Netlogon Remote Protocol (MS-NRPC), aka 'Netlogon Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability'. 9.3
`wineventlog_security` EventCode=4624 OR EventCode=4742 TargetUserName="ANONYMOUS LOGON" LogonType=3 
| stats count values(host) as host, values(TargetDomainName) as Domain, values(user) as user 
| `detect_computer_changed_with_anonymous_account_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: detect_computer_changed_with_anonymous_account_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
  • EventCode
  • TargetUserName
  • LogonType
  • TargetDomainName
  • user

How To Implement

This search requires audit computer account management to be enabled on the system in order to generate Event ID 4742. We strongly recommend that you specify your environment-specific configurations (index, source, sourcetype, etc.) for Windows Event Logs. Replace the macro definition with configurations for your Splunk environment. The search also uses a post-filter macro designed to filter out known false positives.

Known False Positives

None thus far found

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
49.0 70 70 The following $EventCode$ occurred on $dest$ by $user$ with Logon Type 3, which may be indicative of the an account or group being changed by an anonymous account.

: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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