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The following analytic detects network share access requests indicative of the PetitPotam attack (CVE-2021-36942). It leverages Windows Event Code 5145, which logs attempts to access network share objects. This detection is significant as PetitPotam can coerce authentication from domain controllers, potentially leading to unauthorized access. If confirmed malicious, this activity could allow attackers to escalate privileges or move laterally within the network, posing a severe security risk. Ensure Event Code 5145 is enabled via Group Policy to utilize this analytic effectively.

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

  • Last Updated: 2024-05-26
  • Author: Michael Haag, Mauricio Velazco, Splunk
  • ID: 95b8061a-0a67-11ec-85ec-acde48001122




ID Technique Tactic
T1187 Forced Authentication Credential Access
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
  • DE.CM
  • CIS 10
`wineventlog_security` SubjectUserName="ANONYMOUS LOGON" EventCode=5145 RelativeTargetName=lsarpc 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by dest, SubjectUserSid, ShareName, src, AccessMask, AccessReason 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `petitpotam_network_share_access_request_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: petitpotam_network_share_access_request_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
  • dest
  • SubjectUserSid
  • Share_Name
  • src
  • AccessMask
  • AccessReason

How To Implement

Windows Event Code 5145 is required to utilize this analytic and it may not be enabled in most environments.

Known False Positives

False positives have been limited when the Anonymous Logon is used for Account Name.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
56.0 80 70 A remote host is enumerating a $dest$ to identify permissions. This is a precursor event to CVE-2021-36942, PetitPotam.

: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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