Attackers leverage an existing Windows binary, attrib.exe, to mark specific as hidden by using specific flags so that the victim does not see the file. The search looks for specific command-line arguments to detect the use of attrib.exe to hide files.
- Type: TTP
- Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
- Datamodel: Endpoint
- Last Updated: 2020-07-21
- Author: Bhavin Patel, Splunk
- ID: c77162d3-f93c-45cc-80c8-22f6b5264g9f
|T1222||File and Directory Permissions Modification||Defense Evasion|
|T1222.001||Windows File and Directory Permissions Modification||Defense Evasion|
| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) values(Processes.process) as process max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where Processes.process_name=attrib.exe (Processes.process=*+h*) by Processes.parent_process Processes.process_name Processes.user Processes.dest | `drop_dm_object_name("Processes")` | `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` |`security_content_ctime(lastTime)` | `hiding_files_and_directories_with_attrib_exe_filter`
Associated Analytic Story
How To Implement
You must be ingesting data that records process activity from your hosts to populate the Endpoint data model in the Processes node. You must also be ingesting logs with both the process name and command line from your endpoints. The command-line arguments are mapped to the "process" field in the Endpoint data model.
Kill Chain Phase
- Actions on Objectives
Known False Positives
Some applications and users may legitimately use attrib.exe to interact with the files.
|72.0||90||80||Attrib.exe with +h flag to hide files on $dest$ executed by $user$ is detected.|
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