The following analytic identifies DCRat delay time tactics using w32tm. This technique was seen in DCRAT malware where it uses stripchart function of w32tm.exe application to delay the execution of its payload like c2 communication , beaconing and execution. This anomaly detection may help the analyst to check other possible event like the process who execute this command that may lead to DCRat attack.
- Type: Anomaly
- Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
- Datamodel: Endpoint
- Last Updated: 2022-07-28
- Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
- ID: b2cc69e7-11ba-42dc-a269-59c069a48870
Kill Chain Phase
- CIS 10
1 2 3 4 5 6 | tstats `security_content_summariesonly` values(Processes.process) as process min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where Processes.process_name = w32tm.exe Processes.process= "* /stripchart *" Processes.process= "* /computer:localhost *" Processes.process= "* /period:*" Processes.process= "* /dataonly *" Processes.process= "* /samples:*" by Processes.parent_process Processes.process_name Processes.original_file_name Processes.process Processes.process_id Processes.parent_process_id Processes.dest Processes.user | `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` | `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` | `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` | `windows_system_time_discovery_w32tm_delay_filter`
The SPL above uses the following Macros:
windows_system_time_discovery_w32tm_delay_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
The detection is based on data that originates from Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) agents. These agents are designed to provide security-related telemetry from the endpoints where the agent is installed. To implement this search, you must ingest logs that contain the process GUID, process name, and parent process. Additionally, you must ingest complete command-line executions. These logs must be processed using the appropriate Splunk Technology Add-ons that are specific to the EDR product. The logs must also be mapped to the
Processes node of the
Endpoint data model. Use the Splunk Common Information Model (CIM) to normalize the field names and speed up the data modeling process.
Known False Positives
Associated Analytic Story
|36.0||60||60||Process name w32tm.exe is using suspcicious command line arguments $process$ on host $dest$.|
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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