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The following analytic detects the presence of any version of the 3CXDesktopApp, also known as the 3CX Desktop App, on Mac or Windows systems. It leverages the Endpoint data model's Processes node to identify instances of the application running, although it does not provide file version information. This activity is significant because 3CX has identified vulnerabilities in versions 18.12.407 and 18.12.416, which could be exploited by attackers. If confirmed malicious, this could lead to unauthorized access, data exfiltration, or further compromise of the affected systems.

  • Type: Hunting
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2024-05-14
  • Author: Michael Haag, Splunk
  • ID: 553d0429-1a1c-44bf-b3f5-a8513deb9ee5




ID Technique Tactic
T1195.002 Compromise Software Supply Chain Initial Access
Kill Chain Phase
  • Delivery
  • DE.AE
  • CIS 10
| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where Processes.process_name=3CXDesktopApp.exe OR Processes.process_name="3CX Desktop App" by Processes.dest Processes.user Processes.parent_process_name Processes.process_name Processes.original_file_name Processes.process Processes.process_id Processes.parent_process_id 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `hunting_3cxdesktopapp_software_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: hunting_3cxdesktopapp_software_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.original_file_name
  • Processes.process_name
  • Processes.process
  • Processes.process_id
  • Processes.parent_process_path
  • Processes.process_path
  • 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

There may be false positives generated due to the reliance on version numbers for identification purposes. Despite this limitation, the primary goal of this approach is to aid in the detection of the software within the environment.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
40.0 80 50 An instance $process_name$ was identified on endpoint $dest$.

: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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