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Detect remote thread creation into LSASS consistent with credential dumping.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
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  • Last Updated: 2019-12-06
  • Author: Patrick Bareiss, Splunk
  • ID: 67d4dbef-9564-4699-8da8-03a151529edc


ID Technique Tactic
T1003.001 LSASS Memory Credential Access
T1003 OS Credential Dumping Credential Access
`sysmon` EventID=8 TargetImage=*lsass.exe 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by Computer, EventCode, TargetImage, TargetProcessId 
| rename Computer as dest 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)`
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `create_remote_thread_into_lsass_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

This search needs Sysmon Logs with a Sysmon configuration, which includes EventCode 8 with lsass.exe. This search uses an input macro named sysmon. We strongly recommend that you specify your environment-specific configurations (index, source, sourcetype, etc.) for Windows Sysmon logs. Replace the macro definition with configurations for your Splunk environment. The search also uses a post-filter macro designed to filter out known false positives.

Required field

  • _time
  • EventID
  • TargetImage
  • Computer
  • EventCode
  • TargetImage
  • TargetProcessId
  • dest

Kill Chain Phase

  • Actions on Objectives

Known False Positives

Other tools can access LSASS for legitimate reasons and generate an event. In these cases, tweaking the search may help eliminate noise.


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
81.0 90 90 A process has created a remote thread into $TargetImage$ on $dest$. This behavior is indicative of credential dumping and should be investigated.


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