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This search is designed to detect suspicious wermgr.exe process that tries to connect to known IP web services. This technique is know for trickbot and other trojan spy malware to recon the infected machine and look for its ip address without so much finger print on the commandline process. Since wermgr.exe is designed for error handling process of windows it is really suspicious that this process is trying to connect to this IP web services cause that maybe cause of some malicious code injection.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud

  • Last Updated: 2022-06-01
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Mauricio Velazco, Splunk
  • ID: ed313326-a0f9-11eb-a89c-acde48001122




ID Technique Tactic
T1590 Gather Victim Network Information Reconnaissance
T1590.005 IP Addresses Reconnaissance
Kill Chain Phase
  • Reconnaissance
  • DE.CM
  • CIS 10
`sysmon` EventCode =22 process_name = wermgr.exe QueryName IN ("*", "*", "*", "*", "*", "*", "*","*", "", "", "*", "*", "*","*", "*") 
|  stats  min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime count by Image process_name ProcessId QueryName QueryStatus QueryResults EventCode Computer 
| rename Computer as dest 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `wermgr_process_connecting_to_ip_check_web_services_filter`


The SPL above uses the following Macros:

:information_source: wermgr_process_connecting_to_ip_check_web_services_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.

Required fields

List of fields required to use this analytic.

  • _time
  • process_path
  • process_name
  • process_id
  • QueryName
  • QueryStatus
  • QueryResults
  • dest
  • EventCode

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search, you need to be ingesting logs with the process name, dns query name process path , and query ststus from your endpoints like EventCode 22. If you are using Sysmon, you must have at least version 12 of the Sysmon TA.

Known False Positives


Associated Analytic Story


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
56.0 70 80 Wermgr.exe process connecting IP location web services on $dest$

:information_source: 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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