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This analytic is designed to detect potentially malicious processes that initiate a ping delay using an invalid IP address. This evasion technique was observed in NJRAT, where the malware employed ping commands as a means to introduce a time delay before self-deletion on the compromised host. Identifying this (TTP) behavior can serve as a valuable indicator for detecting NJRAT infections or other malware that employ time delays as evasion tactics.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2023-09-08
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: 34502357-deb1-499a-8261-ffe144abf561




ID Technique Tactic
T1497 Virtualization/Sandbox Evasion Defense Evasion, Discovery
T1497.003 Time Based Evasion Defense Evasion, Discovery
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
  • DE.CM
  • CIS 10
| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where Processes.process_name = "ping.exe" Processes.parent_process = "* ping 0 -n *" OR Processes.process = "* ping 0 -n *" by Processes.parent_process Processes.process_name Processes.process_id Processes.process_guid Processes.process Processes.user Processes.dest 
| `drop_dm_object_name("Processes")` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `windows_time_based_evasion_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: windows_time_based_evasion_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
  • Processes.dest
  • Processes.user
  • Processes.parent_process_name
  • Processes.parent_process
  • Processes.process_name
  • Processes.process
  • Processes.process_id
  • Processes.parent_process_id

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


Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
36.0 60 60 A $process_name$ did a suspicious ping to invalid IP address on $dest$

: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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