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Description

This search is to detect a suspicious fsutil process to zeroing a target file. This technique was seen in lockbit ransomware where it tries to zero out its malware path as part of its defense evasion after encrypting the compromised host.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-08-11
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: 4e5e024e-fabb-11eb-8b8f-acde48001122

ATT&CK

ID Technique Tactic
T1070 Indicator Removal on Host Defense Evasion

| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count values(Processes.process) as process values(Processes.parent_process) as parent_process min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where Processes.process_name=fsutil.exe Processes.process="*setzerodata*" by Processes.user Processes.process_name Processes.parent_process_name Processes.dest  Processes.process Processes.parent_process 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `fsutil_zeroing_file_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.user
  • Processes.process_name
  • Processes.parent_process_name
  • Processes.dest
  • Processes.process
  • Processes.parent_process

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives

unknown

RBA

Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
54.0 60 90 Possible file data deletion on $dest$ using $process$

Reference

Test Dataset

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

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