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This search is to detect a modification to registry to enable rdp to a machine with different port number. This technique was seen in some atttacker tries to do lateral movement and remote access to a compromised machine to gain control of it.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-05-19
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: 99495452-b899-11eb-96dc-acde48001122


ID Technique Tactic
T1021 Remote Services Lateral Movement

| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count values(Registry.registry_key_name) as registry_key_name values(Registry.registry_path) as registry_path min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime FROM datamodel=Endpoint.Registry where Registry.registry_path="*HKLM\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Control\\Terminal Server\\WinStations\\RDP-Tcp*" Registry.registry_key_name = "PortNumber" by Registry.dest Registry.user Registry.registry_value_name 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Registry)` 
| `enable_rdp_in_other_port_number_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
  • Registry.registry_path
  • Registry.dest
  • Registry.user
  • Registry.registry_value_name

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives



Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
80.0 80 100 RDP was moved to a non-standard port on $dest$ by $user$.


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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