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Quickly identify systems running new or unusual processes in your environment that could be indicators of suspicious activity. Processes run from unusual locations, those with conspicuously long command lines, and rare executables are all examples of activities that may warrant deeper investigation.

  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2020-02-04
  • Author: Bhavin Patel, Splunk
  • ID: f4368e3f-d59f-4192-84f6-748ac5a3ddb6


Being able to profile a host’s processes within your environment can help you more quickly identify processes that seem out of place when compared to the rest of the population of hosts or asset types.
This Analytic Story lets you identify processes that are either a) not typically seen running or b) have some sort of suspicious command-line arguments associated with them. This Analytic Story will also help you identify the user running these processes and the associated process activity on the host.
In the event an unusual process is identified, it is imperative to better understand how that process was able to execute on the host, when it first executed, and whether other hosts are affected. This extra information may provide clues that can help the analyst further investigate any suspicious activity.


Name Technique Type
Uncommon Processes On Endpoint Malicious File Hunting
Attacker Tools On Endpoint Match Legitimate Name or Location, Masquerading, OS Credential Dumping, Active Scanning TTP
Detect processes used for System Network Configuration Discovery System Network Configuration Discovery TTP
Rundll32 Shimcache Flush Modify Registry TTP
RunDLL Loading DLL By Ordinal Signed Binary Proxy Execution, Rundll32 TTP
Suspicious Copy on System32 Rename System Utilities, Masquerading TTP
System Processes Run From Unexpected Locations Masquerading, Rename System Utilities TTP
Verclsid CLSID Execution Verclsid, Signed Binary Proxy Execution Hunting
Windows DotNet Binary in Non Standard Path Masquerading, Rename System Utilities, Signed Binary Proxy Execution, InstallUtil TTP
Windows InstallUtil in Non Standard Path Masquerading, Rename System Utilities, Signed Binary Proxy Execution, InstallUtil TTP
Windows NirSoft AdvancedRun Tool TTP
Windows Remote Assistance Spawning Process Process Injection TTP
Wscript Or Cscript Suspicious Child Process Process Injection, Create or Modify System Process, Parent PID Spoofing, Access Token Manipulation TTP
Detect Rare Executables None Anomaly
Unusually Long Command Line None Anomaly
Unusually Long Command Line - MLTK None Anomaly
WinRM Spawning a Process Exploit Public-Facing Application TTP


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