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This analytic is to detect a suspicious commandline to disable existing schedule task. This technique is used by adversaries or commodity malware like IceID to disable security application (AV products) in the targetted host to evade detections. This TTP is a good pivot to check further why and what other process run before and after this detection. check which process execute the commandline and what task is disabled. parent child process is quite valuable in this scenario too.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-10-18
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: db596056-3019-11ec-a9ff-acde48001122


ID Technique Tactic
T1562.001 Disable or Modify Tools Defense Evasion
T1562 Impair Defenses Defense Evasion

| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count  min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where Processes.process_name=schtasks.exe Processes.process=*/change*  Processes.process=*/disable* by Processes.user Processes.process_name Processes.process Processes.parent_process_name Processes.parent_process Processes.dest 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `disable_schedule_task_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.

Required field

  • _time
  • Processes.user
  • Processes.process_name
  • Processes.parent_process_name
  • Processes.dest

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives

admin may disable problematic schedule task


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
56.0 70 80 schtask process with commandline $process$ to disable schedule task in $dest$


Test Dataset

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