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This analytic is to look for suspicious raw access read to device disk partition of the host machine. This technique was seen in several attacks by adversaries or threat actor to wipe, encrypt or overwrite the boot sector of each partition as part of their impact payload for example the "hermeticwiper" malware. This detection is a good indicator that there is a process try to read or write on boot sector.

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

  • Last Updated: 2023-06-13
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: a85aa37e-9647-11ec-90c5-acde48001122




ID Technique Tactic
T1561.002 Disk Structure Wipe Impact
T1561 Disk Wipe Impact
Kill Chain Phase
  • Actions On Objectives
  • DE.AE
  • CIS 10
`sysmon` EventCode=9 Device = \\Device\\HarddiskVolume* NOT (Image IN("*\\Windows\\System32\\*", "*\\Windows\\SysWOW64\\*")) 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by dest signature signature_id process_guid process_name process_path Device 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `windows_raw_access_to_disk_volume_partition_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: windows_raw_access_to_disk_volume_partition_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
  • signature
  • signature_id
  • process_guid
  • process_name
  • process_path
  • Device
  • EventCode
  • Image

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting logs with the raw access read event (like sysmon eventcode 9), process name and process guid from your endpoints. If you are using Sysmon, you must have at least version 6.0.4 of the Sysmon TA.

Known False Positives

This event is really notable but we found minimal number of normal application from system32 folder like svchost.exe accessing it too. In this case we used 'system32' and 'syswow64' path as a filter for this detection.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
90.0 90 100 Process accessing disk partition $Device$ in $dest$

: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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