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This search is to detect a suspicious MS scripting process such as wscript.exe or cscript.exe that loading wmi module to process wmi query. This behavior was seen in FIN7 implant where it uses javascript to execute wmi query to parse host information that will send to its C2 server. this anomaly detections is a good initial step to hunt further a suspicious wmi query or wmi related events to the host that may give you good information regarding process that are commonly using wmi query or modules or might be an attacker using this technique.

  • Type: Anomaly
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-09-13
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: 2eba3d36-14a6-11ec-a682-acde48001122


ID Technique Tactic
T1059 Command and Scripting Interpreter Execution
T1059.007 JavaScript Execution
`sysmon` EventCode =7 Image IN ("*\\wscript.exe", "*\\cscript.exe") ImageLoaded IN ("*\\fastprox.dll", "*\\wbemdisp.dll", "*\\wbemprox.dll", "*\\wbemsvc.dll" , "*\\wmiutils.dll", "*\\wbemcomn.dll") 
| stats min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime count by Image EventCode process_name ProcessId ProcessGuid Computer ImageLoaded 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `ms_scripting_process_loading_wmi_module_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 rundll32.exe may be used.

Required field

  • _time
  • Image
  • EventCode
  • process_name
  • ProcessId
  • ProcessGuid
  • Computer
  • ImageLoaded

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives

automation scripting language may used by network operator to do ldap query.


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
9.0 30 30 $process_name$ loading wmi modules $ImageLoaded$ in $dest$


Test Dataset

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