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This search looks for command-line arguments where cmd.exe /c is used to execute a program. 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 commandline made by a script or relative process execute it.

  • Type: Hunting
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-10-21
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk, Bhavin Patel, Splunk
  • ID: 54a6ed00-3256-11ec-b031-acde48001122


ID Technique Tactic
T1059.003 Windows Command Shell Execution
T1059 Command and Scripting Interpreter Execution

| 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`

Associated Analytic Story

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 must have at least version 6.0.4 of the Sysmon TA.

Required field

  • _time
  • Processes.parent_process_name
  • Processes.parent_process
  • Processes.process_name
  • Processes.process_id
  • Processes.process
  • Processes.dest
  • Processes.user
  • Processes.process_id
  • Processes.parent_process_id

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives



Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
30.0 60 50 $process_name$ with commandline $process$ in $dest$


Test Dataset

Replay any dataset to Splunk Enterprise by using our tool or the UI. Alternatively you can replay a dataset into a Splunk Attack Range

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