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The following analytic identifies usage of wmic.exe spawning a local or remote process, identified by the node switch. During triage, review parallel processes for additional commands executed. Look for any file modifications before and after wmic.exe execution. In addition, identify the remote endpoint and confirm execution or file modifications. Contain and isolate the endpoint as needed.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2018-12-03
  • Author: Rico Valdez, Michael Haag, Splunk
  • ID: 272df6de-61f1-4784-877c-1fbc3e2d0838


ID Technique Tactic
T1047 Windows Management Instrumentation Execution

| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where `process_wmic` Processes.process=*node* 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_wmi_command_attempt_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. Deprecated because duplicate of Remote Process Instantiation via WMI.

Required field

  • _time
  • Processes.user
  • Processes.process_name
  • Processes.parent_process_name
  • Processes.dest
  • Processes.parent_process
  • Processes.parent_process_id
  • Processes.process_id

Kill Chain Phase

  • Actions on Objectives

Known False Positives

Administrators may use this legitimately to gather info from remote systems. Filter as needed.


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
36.0 60 60 A wmic.exe process $process$ contain node commandline $process$ in host $dest$


Test Dataset

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