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This search is to detect execution of chcp.exe application. this utility is used to change the active code page of the console. This technique was seen in icedid malware to know the locale region/language/country of the compromise host.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-07-27
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: 21d236ec-eec1-11eb-b23e-acde48001122


ID Technique Tactic
T1059 Command and Scripting Interpreter Execution

| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where Processes.parent_process_name = cmd.exe Processes.parent_process=*/c* by  Processes.process_name Processes.process Processes.parent_process_name Processes.parent_process Processes.process_id Processes.parent_process_id Processes.dest Processes.user 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `chcp_command_execution_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

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. If you are using Sysmon, you must have at least version 6.0.4 of the Sysmon TA. Tune and filter known instances where renamed may be used.

Required field

  • _time
  • process_name
  • process
  • parent_process_name
  • parent_process
  • process_id
  • parent_process_id
  • dest
  • user

Kill Chain Phase

  • Reconnaissance

Known False Positives

other tools or script may used this to change code page to UTF-* or others


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
9.0 30 30 parent process $parent_process_name$ spawning chcp process $process_name$ with parent command line $parent_process$


Test Dataset

Replay any dataset to Splunk Enterprise by using our tool or the UI. Alternatively you can replay a dataset into a Splunk Attack Range

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