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This analytic leverages PowerShell Script Block Logging (EventCode=4104) to detect the execution of the Find-InterestingDomainAcl commandlet. Find-InterestingDomainAcl is part of PowerView, a PowerShell toolkit designed for Windows domain enumeration. Detecting the use of Find-InterestingDomainAcl is crucial as adversaries and Red Teams might employ it to identify unusual or misconfigured Access Control Lists (ACLs) within the domain. Such ACLs can provide attackers with insights into potential privilege escalation opportunities or weak security postures within Active Directory.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud

  • Last Updated: 2023-08-31
  • Author: Gowthamaraj Rajendran, Mauricio Velazco, Splunk
  • ID: e4a96dfd-667a-4487-b942-ccef5a1e81e8




ID Technique Tactic
T1087 Account Discovery Discovery
T1087.002 Domain Account Discovery
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
  • DE.CM
  • CIS 10
`powershell` EventCode=4104 ScriptBlockText = "*Find-InterestingDomainAcl*" 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by EventCode ScriptBlockText Computer UserID 
| rename Computer as dest, UserID as user 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `windows_find_interesting_acl_with_findinterestingdomainacl_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: windows_find_interesting_acl_with_findinterestingdomainacl_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.

Required fields

List of fields required to use this analytic.

  • _time
  • EventCode
  • Message
  • Computer
  • UserID

How To Implement

The following Hunting analytic requires PowerShell operational logs to be imported. Modify the powershell macro as needed to match the sourcetype or add index. This analytic is specific to 4104, or PowerShell Script Block Logging.

Known False Positives

Administrators may leverage PowerSploit tools for legitimate reasons, filter as needed.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
25.0 50 50 Suspicious PowerShell Find-InterestingDomainAcl was identified on endpoint $dest$ by user $user$.

:information_source: The Risk Score is calculated by the following formula: Risk Score = (Impact * Confidence/100). Initial Confidence and Impact is set by the analytic author.


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