The following analytic identifies renamed instances of
PsExec.exe being utilized on an endpoint. Most instances, it is highly probable to capture
Psexec.exe or other SysInternal utility usage with the command-line argument of
-accepteula. During triage, validate this is the legitimate version of
PsExec by reviewing the PE metadata. In addition, review parallel processes for further suspicious behavior.
- Type: Hunting
- Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
- Datamodel: Endpoint
- Last Updated: 2022-04-07
- Author: Michael Haag, Splunk
- ID: 683e6196-b8e8-11eb-9a79-acde48001122
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!=psexec.exe OR Processes.process_name!=psexec64.exe) AND Processes.original_file_name=psexec.c by Processes.dest Processes.user Processes.parent_process_name Processes.process_name Processes.process Processes.process_id Processes.parent_process_id Processes.original_file_name | `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` | `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` | `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` | `detect_renamed_psexec_filter`
The SPL above uses the following Macros:
Note that detect_renamed_psexec_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.
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
Limited false positives should be present. It is possible some third party applications may use older versions of PsExec, filter as needed.
Associated Analytic story
- SamSam Ransomware
- DHS Report TA18-074A
- HAFNIUM Group
- DarkSide Ransomware
- Active Directory Lateral Movement
|27.0||30||90||The following $process_name$ has been identified as renamed, spawning from $parent_process_name$ on $dest$ by $user$.|
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