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Description

The following analytic identifies modification of Windows registry using regedit.exe application with silent mode parameter. regedit.exe windows application is commonly used as GUI app to check or modify registry. This application is also has undocumented command-line parameter and one of those are silent mode parameter that performs action without stopping for confirmation with dialog box. Importing registry from .reg files need to monitor in a production environment since it can be used adversaries to import RMS registry in compromised host.

  • Type: Anomaly
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2022-06-24
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: 824dd598-71be-4203-bc3b-024f4cda340e

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ATT&CK

ATT&CK

ID Technique Tactic
T1112 Modify Registry Defense Evasion
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
NIST
  • DE.CM
CIS20
  • CIS 3
  • CIS 5
  • CIS 16
CVE
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| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` values(Processes.process) as process min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where (Processes.process_name="regedit.exe" OR Processes.original_file_name="regedit.exe") AND Processes.process="* /s *" AND Processes.process="*.reg*" by Processes.dest Processes.user Processes.parent_process 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)` 
| `windows_modify_registry_regedit_silent_reg_import_filter`

Macros

The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: windows_modify_registry_regedit_silent_reg_import_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

To successfully implement this search you need to be ingesting information on process that include the name of the process responsible for the changes from your endpoints into the Endpoint datamodel in the Processes node. In addition, confirm the latest CIM App 4.20 or higher is installed and the latest TA for the endpoint product.

Known False Positives

Administrators may execute this command that may cause some false positive. Filter as needed.

Associated Analytic Story

RBA

Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
49.0 70 70 The regedit app was executed with silet mode parameter to import .reg file 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.

Reference

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