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The following analytic identifies suspicious PowerShell script execution via EventCode 4104 performing checks to identify anti-virus products installed on the endpoint. This technique is commonly found in malware and APT events where the adversary will map all running security applications or services. During triage, review parallel processes within the same timeframe. Review the full script block to identify other related artifacts.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel:
  • Last Updated: 2021-06-10
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: 28077620-c9f6-11eb-8785-acde48001122


ID Technique Tactic
T1592 Gather Victim Host Information Reconnaissance
`powershell` EventCode=4104 (Message = "*SELECT*" OR Message = "*WMIC*") AND (Message = "*AntiVirusProduct*" OR Message = "*AntiSpywareProduct*") 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by EventCode Message ComputerName User 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `recon_avproduct_through_pwh_or_wmi_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

To successfully implement this analytic, you will need to enable PowerShell Script Block Logging on some or all endpoints. Additional setup here

Required field

  • _time
  • EventCode
  • Message
  • ComputerName
  • User

Kill Chain Phase

  • Reconnaissance

Known False Positives

network administrator may used this command for checking purposes


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
56.0 70 80 A suspicious powershell script contains AV recon command in $Message$ with EventCode $EventCode$ in host $ComputerName$


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