Windows Service Created Within Public Path
The following analytc uses Windows Event Id 7045,
New Service Was Installed, to identify the creation of a Windows Service where the service binary path is located in public paths. This behavior could represent the installation of a malicious service. Red Teams and adversaries alike may create malicious Services for lateral movement or remote code execution
- Type: TTP
Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
- Last Updated: 2021-11-22
- Author: Mauricio Velazco, Splunk
- ID: 3abb2eda-4bb8-11ec-9ae4-3e22fbd008af
Kill Chain Phase
- CIS 10
1 2 3 4 5 `wineventlog_system` EventCode=7045 Service_File_Name = "*\.exe" NOT (Service_File_Name IN ("C:\\Windows\\*", "C:\\Program File*", "C:\\Programdata\\*", "%systemroot%\\*")) | stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by ComputerName EventCode Service_File_Name Service_Name Service_Start_Type Service_Type | `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` | `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` | `windows_service_created_within_public_path_filter`
The SPL above uses the following Macros:
windows_service_created_within_public_path_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
To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting logs with the Service name, Service File Name Service Start type, and Service Type from your endpoints.
Known False Positives
Legitimate applications may install services with uncommon services paths.
Associated Analytic Story
|54.0||90||60||A Windows Service $Service_File_Name$ with a public path was created on $ComputerName|
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