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Description

The following analytic utilizes PowerShell Script Block Logging (EventCode=4104) to identify the [Adsisearcher] type accelerator being used to query Active Directory for domain groups. Red Teams and adversaries may leverage [Adsisearcher] to enumerate root domain linked policies for situational awareness and Active Directory Discovery.

  • Type: Anomaly
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2022-04-25
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: 80ffaede-1f12-49d5-a86e-b4b599b68b3c

Annotations

ATT&CK
ID Technique Tactic
T1087.002 Domain Account Discovery
T1087 Account Discovery Discovery
Kill Chain Phase
  • Reconnaissance
NIST
  • DE.CM
CIS20
  • CIS 3
  • CIS 5
  • CIS 16
CVE
1
2
3
4
5
`powershell` EventCode=4104 ScriptBlockText = "*[adsisearcher]*" ScriptBlockText = "*.SearchRooT*" ScriptBlockText = "*.gplink*" 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by EventCode ScriptBlockText Computer user_id 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `windows_root_domain_linked_policies_discovery_filter`

Macros

The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: windows_root_domain_linked_policies_discovery_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
  • EventCode
  • ScriptBlockText
  • Computer
  • user_id

How To Implement

The following Hunting analytic requires PowerShell operational logs to be imported. Modify the powershell macro as needed to match the sourcetype or add index. This analytic is specific to 4104, or PowerShell Script Block Logging.

Known False Positives

Administrators or power users may use this command for troubleshooting.

Associated Analytic story

RBA

Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
25.0 50 50 powershell process having commandline $Message$ for user enumeration

:information_source: The Risk Score is calculated by the following formula: Risk Score = (Impact * Confidence/100). Initial Confidence and Impact is set by the analytic author.

Reference

Test Dataset

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