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This particular behavior is typically executed when an adversaries or malware gains access to an endpoint and beings to perform execution and to evade detections. Usually, a batch (.bat) will be executed and multiple registry and scheduled task modifications will occur. During triage, review parallel processes and identify any further file modifications. Endpoint should be isolated.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-10-20
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: 911eacdc-317f-11ec-ad30-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.Registry where Registry.registry_path = "*\\System\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\*" AND (Registry.registry_path IN("*WdBoot*", "*WdFilter*", "*WdNisDrv*", "*WdNisSvc*", "*WinDefend*", "*SecurityHealthService*"))  AND Registry.registry_value_name = Start Registry.registry_value_data = 0x00000004 by Registry.dest Registry.user Registry.registry_path Registry.registry_value_name Registry.registry_value_data 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Registry)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `disabling_defender_services_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
  • Registry.dest
  • Registry.user
  • Registry.registry_value_name
  • Registry.registry_key_name
  • Registry.registry_path
  • Registry.registry_value_data

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives

admin or user may choose to disable windows defender product


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
49.0 70 70 modified/added/deleted registry entry $registry_path$ in $dest$


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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