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Description

This analytic looks for the execution of net.exe or net1.exe with command line arguments used to obtain the domain password policy. Red Teams and adversaries may leverage net.exe for situational awareness and Active Directory Discovery.

  • Type: Hunting
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-08-26
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Mauricio Velazco, Splunk
  • ID: 09336538-065a-11ec-8665-acde48001122

Annotations

ATT&CK
ID Technique Tactic
T1201 Password Policy Discovery Discovery
Kill Chain Phase
  • Reconnaissance
NIST
CIS20
CVE
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| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where (Processes.process_name="net.exe" OR Processes.process_name="net1.exe") AND Processes.process = "*accounts*" AND Processes.process = "*/domain*" by Processes.dest Processes.user Processes.parent_process Processes.process_name Processes.process Processes.process_id Processes.parent_process_id Processes.parent_process_name 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `password_policy_discovery_with_net_filter`

Macros

The SPL above uses the following Macros:

Note that password_policy_discovery_with_net_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
  • Processes.dest
  • Processes.user
  • Processes.parent_process
  • Processes.process_name
  • Processes.process
  • Processes.process_id
  • Processes.parent_process_id
  • Processes.parent_process_name

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.

Known False Positives

Administrators or power users may use this command for troubleshooting.

Associated Analytic story

RBA

Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
9.0 30 30 an instance of process $process_name$ with commandline $process$ in $dest$

Reference

Test Dataset

Replay any dataset to Splunk Enterprise by using our replay.py tool or the UI. Alternatively you can replay a dataset into a Splunk Attack Range

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