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The following analytic identifies a suspicious query on uninstall application list in Windows OS registry. This registry is commonly used by legitimate software to store information about installed applications on a Windows system, such as their name, version, publisher, and installation path. However, malware, adversaries or even red-teamers can abuse this registry key to retrieve information stored in the "Uninstall" key to gather data about installed applications in the target host. This Anomaly detection can be a good pivot to detect a possible suspicious process accessing this registry which is not commonly accessed by a normal user.

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

  • Last Updated: 2023-04-25
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: 535fd4fc-7151-4062-9d7e-e896bea77bf6




ID Technique Tactic
T1012 Query Registry Discovery
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
  • DE.AE
  • CIS 10
`wineventlog_security` EventCode=4663 object_file_path="\\REGISTRY\\MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\WOW6432Node\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Uninstall\\*" 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by object_file_name object_file_path process_name process_path  process_id EventCode dest 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `windows_query_registry_uninstall_program_list_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: windows_query_registry_uninstall_program_list_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
  • object_file_name
  • object_file_path
  • process_name
  • process_path
  • process_id
  • EventCode
  • dest

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you must ingest Windows Security Event logs and track event code 4663. For 4663, enable "Audit Object Access" in Group Policy. Then check the two boxes listed for both "Success" and "Failure."

Known False Positives

Uninstall application may access this registry to remove the entry of the target application. Filter is needed.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
25.0 50 50 A suspicious process $process_name$ accessing uninstall registry 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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