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This search looks for specific command-line arguments that may indicate the execution of tools made by Nirsoft, which are legitimate, but may be abused by attackers.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2020-07-21
  • Author: Bhavin Patel, Splunk
  • ID: 1297fb80-f42a-4q4a-9c8b-78c061417cf6


ID Technique Tactic
T1072 Software Deployment Tools Execution, Lateral Movement

| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) values(Processes.process) as process max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where (Processes.process="* /stext *" OR Processes.process="* /scomma *" ) by Processes.parent_process Processes.process_name Processes.user 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `detection_of_tools_built_by_nirsoft_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

You must be ingesting endpoint data that tracks process activity, including parent-child relationships from your endpoints to populate the Endpoint data model in the Processes node. The command-line arguments are mapped to the "process" field in the Endpoint data model.

Required field

  • _time
  • Processes.process
  • Processes.parent_process
  • Processes.process_name
  • Processes.user

Kill Chain Phase

  • Installation
  • Actions on Objectives

Known False Positives

While legitimate, these NirSoft tools are prone to abuse. You should verfiy that the tool was used for a legitimate purpose.


Test Dataset

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

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