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This search is to detect a suspicious enabling of smb1protocol through "powershell.exe". This technique was seen in some ransomware (like reddot) where it enable smb share to do the lateral movement and encrypt other files within the compromise network system.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-06-22
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: afed80b2-d34b-11eb-a952-acde48001122


ID Technique Tactic
T1027 Obfuscated Files or Information Defense Evasion
T1027.005 Indicator Removal from Tools Defense Evasion
`powershell` EventCode=4104 Message = "*Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature*" Message = "*SMB1Protocol*" 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by EventCode Message ComputerName User 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `powershell_enable_smb1protocol_feature_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting logs with the powershell logs from your endpoints. make sure you enable needed registry to monitor this event.

Required field

  • _time
  • EventCode
  • Message
  • ComputerName
  • User

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives

network operator may enable or disable this windows feature.


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