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The following analytic utilizes PowerShell Script Block Logging (EventCode=4104) to identify the execution of the Get-DomainGroupMember commandlet. Get-DomainGroupMember is part of PowerView, a PowerShell tool used to perform enumeration on Windows domains. As the name suggests, Get-DomainGroupMember is used to list the members of an specific domain group. Red Teams and adversaries alike use PowerView to enumerate elevated domain groups for situational awareness and Active Directory Discovery to identify high privileged users.

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

  • Last Updated: 2024-02-14
  • Author: Mauricio Velazco, Splunk
  • ID: 10d62950-0de5-4199-a710-cff9ea79b413




ID Technique Tactic
T1069 Permission Groups Discovery Discovery
T1069.002 Domain Groups Discovery
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
  • DE.AE
  • CIS 10
`powershell` EventCode=4104 (Message = "*Get-DomainGroupMember*") AND Message IN ("*Domain Admins*","*Enterprise Admins*", "*Schema Admins*", "*Account Operators*" , "*Server Operators*", "*Protected Users*",  "*Dns Admins*") 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by EventCode Message ComputerName User 
| rename ComputerName as dest, User as user 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `elevated_group_discovery_with_powerview_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: elevated_group_discovery_with_powerview_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
  • EventCode
  • Message
  • ComputerName
  • User

How To Implement

To successfully implement this analytic, you will need to enable PowerShell Script Block Logging on some or all endpoints. Additional setup here

Known False Positives

Administrators or power users may use this PowerView for troubleshooting.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
21.0 30 70 Elevated group discovery using PowerView on $dest$ by $user$

: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.


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