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Description

The following analytic identifies the use of Windows Curl.exe uploading a file to a remote destination.
-T or --upload-file is used when a file is to be uploaded to a remotge destination.
-d or --data POST is the HTTP method that was invented to send data to a receiving web application, and it is, for example, how most common HTML forms on the web work.
HTTP multipart formposts are done with -F, but this appears to not be compatible with the Windows version of Curl. Will update if identified adversary tradecraft.
Adversaries may use one of the three methods based on the remote destination and what they are attempting to upload (zip vs txt). During triage, review parallel processes for further behavior. In addition, identify if the upload was successful in network logs. If a file was uploaded, isolate the endpoint and review.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-11-10
  • Author: Michael Haag, Splunk
  • ID: 42f8f1a2-4228-11ec-aade-acde48001122

ATT&CK

ID Technique Tactic
T1105 Ingress Tool Transfer Command And Control

| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Processes where `process_curl` Processes.process IN ("*-T *","*--upload-file *", "*-d *", "*--data *", "*-F *") by Processes.dest Processes.user Processes.parent_process_name Processes.process_name Processes.original_file_name Processes.process Processes.process_id Processes.parent_process_id 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Processes)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `windows_curl_upload_to_remote_destination_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

To successfully implement this search you need to be ingesting information on process that include the name of the process responsible for the changes from your endpoints into the Endpoint datamodel in the Processes node. In addition, confirm the latest CIM App 4.20 or higher is installed and the latest TA for the endpoint product.

Required field

  • _time
  • Processes.dest
  • Processes.user
  • Processes.parent_process_name
  • Processes.parent_process
  • Processes.original_file_name
  • Processes.process_name
  • Processes.process
  • Processes.process_id
  • Processes.parent_process_path
  • Processes.process_path
  • Processes.parent_process_id

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exfiltration

Known False Positives

False positives may be limited to source control applications and may be required to be filtered out.

RBA

Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
80.0 80 100 An instance of $parent_process_name$ spawning $process_name$ was identified on endpoint $dest$ by user $user$ uploading a file to a remote destination.

Reference

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