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This analytic identifies a potential adversary that changes the security permission of a specific file or directory. This technique is commonly seen in APT tradecraft or coinminer scripts. This behavior is meant to evade detection and prevent access to their component files.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-04-29
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: cf8d753e-a8fe-11eb-8f58-acde48001122


ID Technique Tactic
T1222 File and Directory Permissions Modification Defense Evasion

| 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 = "icacls.exe" OR Processes.process_name = "cacls.exe" OR Processes.process_name = "xcacls.exe" AND Processes.process = "*/deny*" by Processes.parent_process_name Processes.process_name Processes.dest Processes.user 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `icacls_deny_command_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 icacls.exe may be used.

Required field

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

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives

Unknown. It is possible some administrative scripts use ICacls. Filter as needed.


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
72.0 90 80 Process name $process_name$ with deny argument executed by $user$ to change security permission of a specific file or directory on host $dest$


Test Dataset

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