The following analytic identifies a suspicious registry modification of Windows auto update configuration. This technique was being abused by several adversaries, malware authors and also red-teamers to bypass detection or to be able to compromise the target host with zero day exploit or as an additional defense evasion technique. RedLine Stealer is one of the malware we've seen that uses this technique to evade detection and add more payload on the target host. This detection looks for registry modification that will use "The WUServer value unless this key is set".
- Type: Hunting
- Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
- Datamodel: Endpoint
- Last Updated: 2023-04-21
- Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
- ID: c427bafb-0b2c-4b18-ad85-c03c6fed9e75
Kill Chain Phase
- CIS 10
1 2 3 4 5 6 | tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Registry where Registry.registry_path="*\\SOFTWARE\\Policies\\Microsoft\\Windows\\WindowsUpdate\\AU\\UseWUServer" AND Registry.registry_value_data="0x00000001" by Registry.dest Registry.user Registry.registry_path Registry.registry_value_data Registry.registry_key_name | `drop_dm_object_name(Registry)` | `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` | `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` | `windows_modify_registry_usewuserver_filter`
The SPL above uses the following Macros:
windows_modify_registry_usewuserver_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.
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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 enable or disable this feature that may cause some false positive.
Associated Analytic Story
|25.0||50||50||a registry modification in Windows auto update configuration in $dest$|
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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