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This search looks for the first and last time a Windows service is seen running in your environment. This table is then cached.

  • Type: Anomaly
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel:
  • Last Updated: 2020-07-21
  • Author: David Dorsey, Splunk
  • ID: 823136f2-d755-4b6d-ae04-372b486a5808


ID Technique Tactic
T1569 System Services Execution
T1569.002 Service Execution Execution
`wineventlog_system` EventCode=7036 
| rex field=Message "The (?<service>[-\(\)\s\w]+) service entered the (?<state>\w+) state" 
| where state="running" 
| lookup previously_seen_running_windows_services service as service OUTPUT firstTimeSeen 
| where isnull(firstTimeSeen) OR firstTimeSeen > relative_time(now(), `previously_seen_windows_services_window`) 
| table _time dest service 
| `first_time_seen_running_windows_service_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

While this search does not require you to adhere to Splunk CIM, you must be ingesting your Windows system event logs in order for this search to execute successfully. You should run the baseline search Previously Seen Running Windows Services - Initial to build the initial table of child processes and hostnames for this search to work. You should also schedule at the same interval as this search the second baseline search Previously Seen Running Windows Services - Update to keep this table up to date and to age out old Windows Services. Please update the previously_seen_windows_services_window macro to adjust the time window. Please ensure that the Splunk Add-on for Microsoft Windows is version 8.0.0 or above.

Required field

  • _time
  • EventCode
  • Message
  • dest

Kill Chain Phase

  • Installation
  • Actions on Objectives

Known False Positives

A previously unseen service is not necessarily malicious. Verify that the service is legitimate and that was installed by a legitimate process.


Test Dataset

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