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The following analytic utilizes PowerShell Script Block Logging (EventCode=4104) to identify the execution of the GetCurrent method of the WindowsIdentity .NET class. This method returns an object that represents the current Windows user. Red Teams and adversaries may leverage this method to identify the logged user on a compromised endpoint for situational awareness and Active Directory Discovery.

  • Type: Hunting
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-09-13
  • Author: Mauricio Velazco, Splunk
  • ID: 80879283-c30f-44f7-8471-d1381f6d437a


ID Technique Tactic
T1033 System Owner/User Discovery Discovery
`powershell` EventCode=4104 (Message = "*[System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]*" AND Message = "*GetCurrent()*") 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by EventCode Message ComputerName User 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `getcurrent_user_with_powershell_script_block_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

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

Required field

  • _time
  • Path
  • Message
  • OpCode
  • ComputerName
  • User
  • EventCode

Kill Chain Phase

  • Reconnaissance

Known False Positives

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


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
15.0 30 50 System user discovery on $dest$


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