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Description

The following analytic utilizes PowerShell Script Block Logging (EventCode=4104) to identify the execution of the Get-AdGroup commandlet. The Get-AdGroup commandlet is used to return a list of all domain computers. Red Teams and adversaries may leverage this commandlet to enumerate domain computers for situational awareness and Active Directory Discovery.

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

  • Last Updated: 2021-09-01
  • Author: Mauricio Velazco, Splunk
  • ID: a9a1da02-8e27-4bf7-a348-f4389c9da487

Annotations

ATT&CK
ID Technique Tactic
T1018 Remote System Discovery Discovery
Kill Chain Phase
  • Reconnaissance
NIST
CIS20
CVE
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2
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`powershell` EventCode=4104 (Message = "*Get-AdComputer*") 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by EventCode Message ComputerName User 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `getadcomputer_with_powershell_script_block_filter`

Macros

The SPL above uses the following Macros:

Note that getadcomputer_with_powershell_script_block_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.

Required field

  • _time
  • EventCode
  • Message
  • ComputerName
  • User

How To Implement

To successfully implement this analytic, you will need to enable PowerShell Script Block Logging on some or all endpoints. Additional setup here https://docs.splunk.com/Documentation/UBA/5.0.4.1/GetDataIn/AddPowerShell#Configure_module_logging_for_PowerShell.

Known False Positives

Administrators or power users may use this PowerShell commandlet for troubleshooting.

Associated Analytic story

RBA

Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
15.0 30 50 Remote system discovery enumeration on $dest$ by $user$

Reference

Test Dataset

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