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This analytic is to detect a suspicious modification of registry to disable windows defender feature. This technique is to bypassed or evade detection from Windows Defender AV product specially the Enhanced Notification feature wher user or admin set to show or display alerts.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-10-18
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: dc65678c-301f-11ec-8e30-acde48001122


ID Technique Tactic
T1562.001 Disable or Modify Tools Defense Evasion
T1562 Impair Defenses Defense Evasion

| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Registry where Registry.registry_path = "*Microsoft\\Windows Defender\\Reporting*" Registry.registry_value_name = DisableEnhancedNotifications Registry.registry_value_data = 0x00000001 by Registry.dest Registry.user Registry.registry_path Registry.registry_value_name Registry.registry_value_data 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Registry)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `disable_defender_enhanced_notification_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting logs with the registry value name, registry path, and registry value data 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
  • Registry.dest
  • Registry.user
  • Registry.registry_value_name
  • Registry.registry_key_name
  • Registry.registry_path
  • Registry.registry_value_data

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives

user may choose to disable windows defender AV


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
49.0 70 70 modified/added/deleted registry entry $registry_path$ in $dest$


Test Dataset

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