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This analytic identifies wmic.exe being launched with parameters to spawn a process on a remote system.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2020-11-30
  • Author: Rico Valdez, Splunk
  • ID: d25d2c3d-d9d8-40ec-8fdf-e86fe155a3da


ID Technique Tactic
T1047 Windows Management Instrumentation Execution

| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` values(Processes.process) as process min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where `process_wmic` Processes.process="*/node*" Processes.process="*process*" Processes.process="*call*" Processes.process="*create*"   by Processes.process_name Processes.original_file_name Processes.parent_process_name Processes.dest Processes.user 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `remote_process_instantiation_via_wmi_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search you need to be ingesting information on process that include the name of the process responsible for the changes from your endpoints into the Endpoint datamodel in the Processes node. In addition, confirm the latest CIM App 4.20 or higher is installed and the latest TA for the endpoint product.

Required field

  • _time
  • Processes.dest
  • Processes.user
  • Processes.parent_process_name
  • Processes.parent_process
  • Processes.original_file_name
  • Processes.process_name
  • Processes.process
  • Processes.process_id
  • Processes.parent_process_path
  • Processes.process_path
  • Processes.parent_process_id

Kill Chain Phase

  • Actions on Objectives

Known False Positives

The wmic.exe utility is a benign Windows application. It may be used legitimately by Administrators with these parameters for remote system administration, but it's relatively uncommon.


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
49.0 70 70 A wmic.exe process $process$ contain process spawn commandline $process$ in host $dest$


Test Dataset

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