Scheduled Task Initiation on Remote Endpoint
This analytic looks for the execution of
schtasks.exe with command-line arguments utilized to start a Scheduled Task on a remote endpoint. Red Teams and adversaries alike may abuse the Task Scheduler for lateral movement and remote code execution.
- Type: TTP
- Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
- Datamodel: Endpoint
- Last Updated: 2021-11-11
- Author: Mauricio Velazco, Splunk
- ID: 95cf4608-4302-11ec-8194-3e22fbd008af
Kill Chain Phase
1 2 3 4 5 6 | tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where (Processes.process_name=schtasks.exe OR Processes.original_file_name=schtasks.exe) (Processes.process=*/s* AND Processes.process=*/run*) by Processes.dest Processes.user Processes.parent_process_name Processes.process_name Processes.process Processes.process_id Processes.parent_process_id | `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` | `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` | `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` | `scheduled_task_initiation_on_remote_endpoint_filter`
The SPL above uses the following Macros:
scheduled_task_initiation_on_remote_endpoint_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.
Supported Add-on (TA)
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How To Implement
To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting logs with the process name, parent process, and command-line executions from your endpoints.
Known False Positives
Administrators may start scheduled tasks on remote systems, but this activity is usually limited to a small set of hosts or users.
Associated Analytic Story
|54.0||90||60||A Windows Scheduled Task was ran on a remote endpoint from $dest|
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