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This alert was written to detect activity associated with the DCSync attack performed by computer accounts. When a domain controller receives a replication request, the account permissions are validated, however no checks are performed to validate the request was initiated by a Domain Controller. Once an attacker gains control of an account with the necessary privileges, they can request password hashes for any or all users within the domain. This alert detects when a computer account account creates a handle to domainDNS with the necessary replication permissions. These requests are then filtered to exclude where the events originate from a known domain controller IP address.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Authentication, Change
  • Last Updated: 2024-01-05
  • Author: Dean Luxton
  • ID: 50998483-bb15-457b-a870-965080d9e3d3




ID Technique Tactic
T1003.006 DCSync Credential Access
T1003 OS Credential Dumping Credential Access
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
  • DE.CM
  • CIS 10
`wineventlog_security` EventCode=4662 ObjectType IN ("%{19195a5b-6da0-11d0-afd3-00c04fd930c9}", "domainDNS") AND Properties IN ("*Replicating Directory Changes All*", "*{1131f6ad-9c07-11d1-f79f-00c04fc2dcd2}*", "*{9923a32a-3607-11d2-b9be-0000f87a36b2}*","*{1131f6ac-9c07-11d1-f79f-00c04fc2dcd2}*") AND AccessMask="0x100" AND (SubjectUserSid="NT AUT*" OR SubjectUserSid="S-1-5-18" OR SubjectDomainName="Window Manager" OR SubjectUserName="*$") 
| stats min(_time) as attack_time, count by SubjectDomainName, SubjectUserName, Computer, Logon_ID, ObjectName, ObjectServer, ObjectType, OperationType, status 
| rename SubjectDomainName as Target_Domain, SubjectUserName as user, Logon_ID as TargetLogonId 
| appendpipe [
| map search="search `wineventlog_security` EventCode=4624 TargetLogonId=$TargetLogonId$"] 
| table attack_time, AuthenticationPackageName, LogonProcessName, LogonType, TargetUserSid, Target_Domain, user, Computer, TargetLogonId, status, src_ip, src_category, ObjectName, ObjectServer, ObjectType, OperationType 
| stats min(attack_time) as _time, values(TargetUserSid) as TargetUserSid, values(Target_Domain) as Target_Domain, values(user) as user, values(Computer) as Computer, values(status) as status, values(src_category) as src_category, values(src_ip) as src_ip by TargetLogonId 
| search NOT src_category="domain_controller" 
| `windows_ad_replication_request_initiated_from_unsanctioned_location_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: windows_ad_replication_request_initiated_from_unsanctioned_location_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
  • ObjectType
  • Properties
  • AccessMask
  • SubjectDomainName
  • SubjectUserName
  • SubjectUserSid
  • Computer
  • Logon_ID
  • ObjectName
  • ObjectServer
  • ObjectType
  • OperationType
  • status

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting eventcode 4662. The Advanced Security Audit policy settings Audit Directory Services Access within DS Access needs to be enabled, as well as the following SACLs applied to the domain root and all descendant objects. The principals everybody, Domain Computers, and Domain Controllers auditing the permissions Replicating Directory Changes, Replicating Directory Changes All, and Replicating Directory Changes In Filtered Set Assets and Identities will also need to be configured, with the category of domain_controller added for domain controllers.

Known False Positives

Genuine DC promotion may trigger this alert.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
100.0 100 100 Windows Active Directory Replication Request Initiated from Unsanctioned Location $src_ip$ 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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