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The following analytic identifies suspicious PowerShell command to allow inbound traffic inbound to a specific local port within the public profile. This technique was seen in some attacker want to have a remote access to a machine by allowing the traffic in firewall rule.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-05-19
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: a5d85486-b89c-11eb-8267-acde48001122


ID Technique Tactic
T1021.001 Remote Desktop Protocol Lateral Movement
T1021 Remote Services Lateral Movement
`powershell` EventCode=4104 Message = "*firewall*" Message = "*Inbound*" Message = "*Allow*"  Message = "*-LocalPort*" 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by EventCode Message ComputerName User 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `allow_inbound_traffic_in_firewall_rule_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting logs with the powershell logs from your endpoints. make sure you enable needed registry to monitor this event.

Required field

  • _time
  • EventCode
  • Message
  • ComputerName
  • User

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives

administrator may allow inbound traffic in certain network or machine.


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
3.0 10 30 Suspicious firewall modification detected on endpoint $ComputerName$ by user $user$.


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