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The following analytic detects potential data exfiltration using plain HTTP POST requests. It leverages network traffic logs, specifically monitoring the stream_http data source for POST methods containing suspicious form data such as "wermgr.exe" or "svchost.exe". This activity is significant because it is commonly associated with malware like Trickbot, trojans, keyloggers, or APT adversaries, which use plain text HTTP POST requests to communicate with remote C2 servers. If confirmed malicious, this activity could lead to unauthorized data exfiltration, compromising sensitive information and potentially leading to further network infiltration.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud

  • Last Updated: 2024-05-26
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: e2b36208-a364-11eb-8909-acde48001122




ID Technique Tactic
T1048.003 Exfiltration Over Unencrypted Non-C2 Protocol Exfiltration
T1048 Exfiltration Over Alternative Protocol Exfiltration
Kill Chain Phase
  • Actions On Objectives
  • DE.CM
  • CIS 13
`stream_http` http_method=POST form_data IN ("*wermgr.exe*","*svchost.exe*", "*name=\"proclist\"*","*ipconfig*", "*name=\"sysinfo\"*", "*net view*") 
|stats values(form_data) as http_request_body min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime count by src_ip dest_ip http_method http_user_agent uri_path url bytes_in bytes_out 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `plain_http_post_exfiltrated_data_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: plain_http_post_exfiltrated_data_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.

Required fields

List of fields required to use this analytic.

  • _time
  • http_method
  • http_user_agent
  • uri_path
  • url
  • bytes_in
  • bytes_out

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting logs with the stream HTTP logs or network logs that catch network traffic. Make sure that the http-request-body, payload, or request field is enabled.

Known False Positives


Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
63.0 70 90 A http post $http_method$ sending packet with plain text of information in uri path $uri_path$

: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.


Test Dataset

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