Adversaries may abuse Regsvr32.exe to proxy execution of malicious code by using non-standard file extensions to load malciious DLLs. Upon investigating, look for network connections to remote destinations (internal or external). Review additional parrallel processes and child processes for additional activity.
- Type: TTP
- Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
- Datamodel: Endpoint- Datasource: Splunk Add-on for Sysmon
- Last Updated: 2021-01-28
- Author: Michael Haag, Splunk
- ID: 62732736-6250-11eb-ae93-0242ac130002
Kill Chain Phase
- Actions on Objectives
- CIS 8
- CIS 16
1 2 3 4 5 6 | tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where `process_regsvr32` (Processes.process=*appdata* OR Processes.process=*programdata* OR Processes.process=*windows\temp*) (Processes.process!=*.dll Processes.process!=*.ax Processes.process!=*.ocx) by Processes.dest Processes.user Processes.parent_process Processes.process_name Processes.process Processes.original_file_name Processes.process_id Processes.parent_process_id | `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` | `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` | `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` | `suspicious_regsvr32_register_suspicious_path_filter`
The SPL above uses the following Macros:
Note that suspicious_regsvr32_register_suspicious_path_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.
How To Implement
You must be ingesting endpoint data that tracks process activity, including parent-child relationships from your endpoints, to populate the Endpoint data model in the Processes node. The command-line arguments are mapped to the “process” field in the Endpoint data model. Tune the query by filtering additional extensions found to be used by legitimate processes. 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
Limited false positives with the query restricted to specified paths. Add more world writeable paths as tuning continues.
Associated Analytic story
|35.0||70||50||Suspicious $Processes.process_path.file_path$ process potentially loading malicious code|
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