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This detection identifies reconnaissance of credential stores and use of CryptoAPI services by Mimikatz modules.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Behavioral Analytics
  • Datamodel:
  • Last Updated: 2020-11-03
  • Author: Stanislav Miskovic, Splunk
  • ID: 5facee5b-79e4-47ab-b0e6-c625acc0554f


ID Technique Tactic
T1098 Account Manipulation Persistence
T1590.001 Domain Properties Reconnaissance
T1078 Valid Accounts Defense Evasion, Persistence, Privilege Escalation, Initial Access
T1589.001 Credentials Reconnaissance
T1590 Gather Victim Network Information Reconnaissance
T1068 Exploitation for Privilege Escalation Privilege Escalation
T1589 Gather Victim Identity Information Reconnaissance
T1590.003 Network Trust Dependencies Reconnaissance

| from read_ssa_enriched_events()

| eval timestamp=parse_long(ucast(map_get(input_event, "_time"), "string", null)), cmd_line=ucast(map_get(input_event, "process"), "string", null), event_id=ucast(map_get(input_event, "event_id"), "string", null) 
| where cmd_line != null AND ( match_regex(cmd_line, /(?i)crypto::capi/)=true OR match_regex(cmd_line, /(?i)crypto::cng/)=true OR match_regex(cmd_line, /(?i)crypto::providers/)=true OR match_regex(cmd_line, /(?i)crypto::stores/)=true OR match_regex(cmd_line, /(?i)crypto::sc/)=true )

| eval start_time = timestamp, end_time = timestamp, entities = mvappend( ucast(map_get(input_event, "dest_user_id"), "string", null), ucast(map_get(input_event, "dest_device_id"), "string", null)), body=create_map(["event_id", event_id,  "cmd_line", cmd_line]) 
| into write_ssa_detected_events();

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

You must be ingesting Windows Security logs from devices of interest, including the event ID 4688 with enabled command line logging.

Required field

  • _time
  • process
  • dest_device_id
  • dest_user_id

Kill Chain Phase

  • Actions on Objectives

Known False Positives

None identified.


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
80.0 80 100 Mimikatz malware is searching for and accessing credential stores. Operation is performed at the device $dest_device_id$, by the account $dest_user_id$ via command $cmd_line$


Test Dataset

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