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Description

This search is to detect a modification or registry add to the safeboot registry as an autostart mechanism. This technique was seen in some ransomware to automatically execute its code upon a safe mode boot.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-06-10
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: c6149154-c9d8-11eb-9da7-acde48001122

ATT&CK

ID Technique Tactic
T1547.001 Registry Run Keys / Startup Folder Persistence, Privilege Escalation
T1547 Boot or Logon Autostart Execution Persistence, Privilege Escalation

| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime FROM datamodel=Endpoint.Registry where Registry.registry_path="*\\System\\CurrentControlSet\\Control\\SafeBoot\\Minimal\*" by Registry.registry_path Registry.registry_key_name Registry.registry_value_name Registry.dest 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Registry)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
|`security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `start_up_during_safe_mode_boot_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you must be ingesting data that records registry activity from your hosts to populate the endpoint data model in the registry node. This is typically populated via endpoint detection-and-response product, such as Carbon Black or endpoint data sources, such as Sysmon. The data used for this search is typically generated via logs that report reads and writes to the registry.

Required field

  • _time
  • Registry.registry_path
  • Registry.registry_key_name
  • Registry.registry_value_name
  • Registry.dest

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives

updated windows application needed in safe boot may used this registry

RBA

Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
42.0 60 70 Safeboot registry $registry_path$ was added or modified with a new value $registry_value_name$ on $dest$

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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