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The following hunting analytic will assist with identifying new .sys files introduced in the environment. This query is meant to identify sys file creates on disk. There will be noise, but reducing common process names or applications should help to limit any volume. The idea is to identify new sys files written to disk and identify them before they're added as a new kernel mode driver.

  • Type: Hunting
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2022-05-16
  • Author: Michael Haag, Splunk
  • ID: 993ce99d-9cdd-42c7-a2cf-733d5954e5a6




ID Technique Tactic
T1068 Exploitation for Privilege Escalation Privilege Escalation
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
  • DE.AE
  • CIS 10
| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime FROM datamodel=Endpoint.Filesystem where Filesystem.file_name="*.sys*" by _time span=1h Filesystem.dest Filesystem.file_create_time Filesystem.file_name Filesystem.file_path Filesystem.file_hash 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Filesystem)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)`
| `windows_system_file_on_disk_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: windows_system_file_on_disk_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
  • Processes.dest
  • Processes.user
  • Processes.original_file_name
  • Processes.process_name
  • Processes.process
  • Processes.process_id
  • Processes.parent_process_path
  • Processes.process_path
  • Processes.parent_process_id

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search you need to be ingesting information on files 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. In addition, filtering may occur by adding NOT (Filesystem.file_path IN ("\Windows\", "\Program File", "\systemroot\","%SystemRoot%*", "system32*")). This will level out the noise generated to potentally lead to generating notables.

Known False Positives

False positives will be present. Filter as needed.

Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
10.0 20 50 A new driver is present 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.


Test Dataset

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