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This analytic looks for the execution of net.exe or net1.exe with command-line arguments utilized to discover remote systems. The argument domain computers /domain returns a list of all domain computers. Red Teams and adversaries alike use net.exe to identify remote systems for situational awareness and Active Directory Discovery.

  • Type: Hunting
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-08-30
  • Author: Mauricio Velazco, Splunk
  • ID: 9df16706-04a2-41e2-bbfe-9b38b34409d3


ID Technique Tactic
T1018 Remote System Discovery Discovery

| 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") (Processes.process="*domain computers*" AND Processes.process=*/do*) OR (Processes.process="*view*" AND Processes.process=*/do*) by Processes.dest Processes.user Processes.parent_process Processes.process_name Processes.process Processes.process_id Processes.parent_process_id 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `remote_system_discovery_with_net_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.

Required field

  • 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

  • Reconnaissance

Known False Positives

Administrators or power users may use this command for troubleshooting.


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
15.0 30 50 Remote system discovery enumeration on $dest$ by $user$


Test Dataset

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