The wevtutil.exe application is the windows event log utility. This searches for wevtutil.exe with parameters for clearing the application, security, setup, trace or system event logs.
- Type: TTP
- Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
- Datamodel: Endpoint
- Last Updated: 2021-10-11
- Author: David Dorsey, Michael Haag, Splunk
- ID: 2827c0fd-e1be-4868-ae25-59d28e0f9d4f
|T1070.001||Clear Windows Event Logs||Defense Evasion|
|T1070||Indicator Removal on Host||Defense Evasion|
| 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=wevtutil.exe Processes.process IN ("* cl *", "*clear-log*") (Processes.process="*System*" OR Processes.process="*Security*" OR Processes.process="*Setup*" OR Processes.process="*Application*" OR Processes.process="*trace*") 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)` | `suspicious_wevtutil_usage_filter`
Associated Analytic Story
How To Implement
You must be ingesting data that records process activity from your hosts to populate the Endpoint data model in the Processes node. You must also be ingesting logs with both the process name and command line from your endpoints. The command-line arguments are mapped to the "process" field in the Endpoint data model.
Kill Chain Phase
- Actions on Objectives
Known False Positives
The wevtutil.exe application is a legitimate Windows event log utility. Administrators may use it to manage Windows event logs.
|28.0||40||70||Wevtutil.exe being used to clear Event Logs on $dest$ by $user$|
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