The following analytic identifies
WmiPrvSE.exe spawning a process. This typically occurs when a process is instantiated from a local or remote process using
wmic.exe. During triage, review parallel processes for suspicious behavior or commands executed. Review the process and command-line spawning from
wmiprvse.exe. Contain and remediate the endpoint as necessary.
- Type: TTP
- Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
- Datamodel: Endpoint
- Last Updated: 2020-03-16
- Author: Rico Valdez, Michael Haag, Splunk
- ID: 24869767-8579-485d-9a4f-d9ddfd8f0cac
Kill Chain Phase
- CIS 10
1 2 3 4 5 6 | tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where Processes.parent_process_name=WmiPrvSE.exe by Processes.dest Processes.user Processes.parent_process Processes.process_name Processes.process Processes.process_id Processes.parent_process_id | `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` | `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` | `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` | `process_execution_via_wmi_filter`
The SPL above uses the following Macros:
process_execution_via_wmi_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.
List of fields required to use this analytic.
How To Implement
The detection is based on data that originates from Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) agents. These agents are designed to provide security-related telemetry from the endpoints where the agent is installed. To implement this search, you must ingest logs that contain the process GUID, process name, and parent process. Additionally, you must ingest complete command-line executions. These logs must be processed using the appropriate Splunk Technology Add-ons that are specific to the EDR product. The logs must also be mapped to the
Processes node of the
Endpoint data model. Use the Splunk Common Information Model (CIM) to normalize the field names and speed up the data modeling process.
Known False Positives
Although unlikely, administrators may use wmi to execute commands for legitimate purposes.
Associated Analytic Story
|49.0||70||70||A remote instance execution of wmic.exe that will spawn $parent_process_name$ in host $dest$|
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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