Linux High Frequency Of File Deletion In Etc Folder
This analytic is to detect a high frequency of file deletion relative to process name and process id /etc/ folder. These events was seen in acidrain wiper malware where it tries to delete all files in a non-standard directory in linux directory. This detection already contains some filter that might cause false positive during our testing. But we recommend to add more filter if needed.
- Type: Anomaly
- Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
- Datamodel: Endpoint
- Last Updated: 2023-04-27
- Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
- ID: 9d867448-2aff-4d07-876c-89409a752ff8
Kill Chain Phase
- Actions On Objectives
- CIS 10
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 | tstats `security_content_summariesonly` values(Filesystem.file_name) as deletedFileNames values(Filesystem.file_path) as deletedFilePath dc(Filesystem.file_path) as numOfDelFilePath count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime FROM datamodel=Endpoint.Filesystem where Filesystem.action=deleted Filesystem.file_path = "/etc/*" by _time span=1h Filesystem.dest Filesystem.process_guid Filesystem.action | `drop_dm_object_name(Filesystem)` | where numOfDelFilePath >= 200 | `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` | `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` | `linux_high_frequency_of_file_deletion_in_etc_folder_filter`
The SPL above uses the following Macros:
linux_high_frequency_of_file_deletion_in_etc_folder_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 logs with the process name, parent process, and command-line executions from your endpoints. If you are using Sysmon, you can use the Add-on for Linux Sysmon from Splunkbase.
Known False Positives
linux package installer/uninstaller may cause this event. Please update you filter macro to remove false positives.
Associated Analytic Story
|49.0||70||70||a $process_name$ deleting multiple files in /etc/ folder in $dest$|
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