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The following analytic identifies the comadmin.dat file written to disk, which is related to Snake Malware. From the report, Snakes installer drops the kernel driver and a custom DLL which is used to load the driver into a single AES encrypted file on disk. Typically, this file is named comadmin.dat and is stored in the %windows%\system32\Com directory.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2023-05-11
  • Author: Michael Haag, Splunk
  • ID: 628d9c7c-3242-43b5-9620-7234c080a726




ID Technique Tactic
T1547.006 Kernel Modules and Extensions Persistence, Privilege Escalation
Kill Chain Phase
  • Installation
  • Exploitation
  • DE.CM
  • CIS 10
| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Filesystem where Filesystem.file_path="*\\windows\\system32\\com\\*" AND Filesystem.file_name="comadmin.dat"  by Filesystem.file_create_time Filesystem.process_id  Filesystem.file_name Filesystem.file_path Filesystem.dest 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Filesystem)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `windows_snake_malware_kernel_driver_comadmin_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: windows_snake_malware_kernel_driver_comadmin_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
  • Filesystem.file_create_time
  • Filesystem.process_id
  • Filesystem.file_name
  • Filesystem.file_path
  • Filesystem.dest

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 Filesystem 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 present, filter as needed.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
56.0 70 80 A kernel driver comadmin.dat related to Snake Malware was written to disk on $dest$.

: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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