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This search is to detect potential plain HTTP POST method data exfiltration. This network traffic is commonly used by trickbot, trojanspy, keylogger or APT adversary where arguments or commands are sent in plain text to the remote C2 server using HTTP POST method as part of data exfiltration.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Network_Traffic
  • Last Updated: 2021-04-22
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: e2b36208-a364-11eb-8909-acde48001122


ID Technique Tactic
T1048.003 Exfiltration Over Unencrypted/Obfuscated Non-C2 Protocol Exfiltration
T1048 Exfiltration Over Alternative Protocol Exfiltration
`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 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`

Associated Analytic Story

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.

Required field

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

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exfiltration

Known False Positives



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


Test Dataset

Replay any dataset to Splunk Enterprise by using our tool or the UI. Alternatively you can replay a dataset into a Splunk Attack Range

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