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Attackers often disable security tools to avoid detection. This search looks for the usage of process fltMC.exe to unload a Sysmon Driver that will stop sysmon from collecting the data.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2020-07-22
  • Author: Bhavin Patel, Splunk
  • ID: c77162d3-f93c-45cc-80c8-22f665664g9f


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 values(Processes.process) as process max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where Processes.process_name=fltMC.exe AND Processes.process=*unload* AND Processes.process=*SysmonDrv*  by Processes.process_name Processes.process_id Processes.parent_process_name Processes.process Processes.dest Processes.user 
| `drop_dm_object_name("Processes")` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)`
| table firstTime lastTime dest user count process_name process_id parent_process_name process

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

You must be ingesting data that records process activity from your hosts to populate the Endpoint data model in the Processes node. You must also be ingesting logs with both the process name and command line from your endpoints. The command-line arguments are mapped to the "process" field in the Endpoint data model. This search is also shipped with unload_sysmon_filter_driver_filter macro, update this macro to filter out false positives.

Required field

  • _time
  • Processes.process_name
  • Processes.process
  • Processes.process_id
  • Processes.parent_process_name
  • Processes.dest
  • Processes.user

Kill Chain Phase

  • Actions on Objectives

Known False Positives


Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
45.0 50 90 Possible Sysmon filter driver unloading on $dest$


Test Dataset

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