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This analytic will identify suspicious series of command-line to disable several services. This technique is seen where the adversary attempts to disable security app services or other malware services to complete the objective on the compromised system.

  • Type: Anomaly
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-05-04
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: 8fa2a0f0-acd9-11eb-8994-acde48001122


ID Technique Tactic
T1489 Service Stop Impact

| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` values(Processes.process) as process values(Processes.process_id) as process_id count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime  from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where   Processes.process_name = "sc.exe" AND Processes.process="*config*" OR Processes.process="*Disabled*" by Processes.process_name Processes.parent_process_name Processes.dest Processes.user _time span=1m 
| where count >=5 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `excessive_attempt_to_disable_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. Tune and filter known instances where renamed sc.exe may be used.

Required field

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

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives



Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
80.0 80 100 An excessive amount of $process_name$ was executed on $dest$ attempting to disable services.


Test Dataset

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