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This search is to detect a possible uac bypass using the colorui.dll COM Object. this technique was seen in so many malware and ransomware like lockbit where it make use of the colorui.dll COM CLSID to bypass UAC.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-08-13
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: 2bcccd20-fc2b-11eb-8d22-acde48001122


ID Technique Tactic
T1218 Signed Binary Proxy Execution Defense Evasion
T1218.003 CMSTP Defense Evasion
`sysmon` EventCode=7 ImageLoaded="*\\colorui.dll" process_name != "colorcpl.exe" NOT(Image IN("*\\windows\\*", "*\\program files*")) 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by Image ImageLoaded process_name Computer EventCode Signed ProcessId 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `uac_bypass_with_colorui_com_object_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting logs with the process name, parent process, and command-line executions from your endpoints. If you are using Sysmon, you must have at least version 6.0.4 of the Sysmon TA.

Required field

  • _time
  • Image
  • ImageLoaded
  • process_name
  • Computer
  • EventCode
  • Signed
  • ProcessId

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives

not so common. but 3rd part app may load this dll.


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
48.0 60 80 The following module $ImageLoaded$ was loaded by a non-standard application on endpoint $Computer$ by user $user$.


Test Dataset

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