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Description

This search looks for flags passed to schtasks.exe on the command-line that indicate that a forced reboot of system is scheduled.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint- Datasource: Splunk Add-on for Sysmon
  • Last Updated: 2020-12-07
  • Author: Bhavin Patel, Splunk
  • ID: 1297fb80-f42a-4b4a-9c8a-88c066437cf6

Annotations

ATT&CK
ID Technique Tactic
T1053.005 Scheduled Task Execution, Persistence, Privilege Escalation
T1053 Scheduled Task/Job Execution, Persistence, Privilege Escalation
Kill Chain Phase
  • Actions on Objectives
NIST
  • PR.IP
CIS20
  • CIS 3
CVE
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| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` values(Processes.process) as process min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where Processes.process_name=schtasks.exe Processes.process="*shutdown*" Processes.process="*/create *" by Processes.process_name Processes.parent_process_name Processes.dest Processes.user 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `schtasks_used_for_forcing_a_reboot_filter`

Macros

The SPL above uses the following Macros:

Note that schtasks_used_for_forcing_a_reboot_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.

Required field

  • _time
  • Processes.process
  • Processes.process_name
  • Processes.parent_process_name
  • Processes.dest
  • Processes.user

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.

Known False Positives

Administrators may create jobs on systems forcing reboots to perform updates, maintenance, etc.

Associated Analytic story

RBA

Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
56.0 70 80 A schedule task process $process_name$ with force reboot commandline $process$ in host $dest$

Reference

Test Dataset

Replay any dataset to Splunk Enterprise by using our replay.py tool or the UI. Alternatively you can replay a dataset into a Splunk Attack Range

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