The following analytic identifies command-line arguments where
cmd.exe /c is used to execute a program.
cmd /c is used to run commands in MS-DOS and terminate after command or process completion. This technique is commonly seen in adversaries and malware to execute batch command using different shell like PowerShell or different process other than
cmd.exe. This is a good hunting query for suspicious command-line made by a script or relative process execute it.
- Type: Hunting
- Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
- Datamodel: Endpoint
- Last Updated: 2022-01-18
- Author: Teoderick Contreras, Bhavin Patel, Splunk
- ID: 54a6ed00-3256-11ec-b031-acde48001122
Kill Chain Phase
1 2 3 4 5 6 | tstats `security_content_summariesonly` min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where `process_cmd` AND Processes.process="* /c *" by Processes.dest Processes.user Processes.parent_process Processes.process_name Processes.original_file_name Processes.process Processes.process_id Processes.parent_process_id | `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` | `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` | `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` | `cmd_carry_out_string_command_parameter_filter`
The SPL above uses the following Macros:
cmd_carry_out_string_command_parameter_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.
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How To Implement
To successfully implement this search you need to be ingesting information on process that include the name of the process responsible for the changes from your endpoints into the
Endpoint datamodel in the
Processes node. In addition, confirm the latest CIM App 4.20 or higher is installed and the latest TA for the endpoint product.
Known False Positives
False positives may be high based on legitimate scripted code in any environment. Filter as needed.
Associated Analytic Story
- Data Destruction
- Log4Shell CVE-2021-44228
- Hermetic Wiper
- Living Off The Land
- DarkCrystal RAT
|30.0||60||50||An instance of $parent_process_name$ spawning $process_name$ was identified on endpoint $dest$ by user $user$ attempting spawn a new process.|
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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