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This search is to detect a suspicious modification of registry related to UAC bypass. This technique is to modify the registry in this detection, create a registry value with the path of the payload and run WSreset.exe to bypass User account Control.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Endpoint
  • Last Updated: 2021-07-01
  • Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
  • ID: 8b5901bc-da63-11eb-be43-acde48001122


ID Technique Tactic
T1548.002 Bypass User Account Control Privilege Escalation, Defense Evasion
T1548 Abuse Elevation Control Mechanism Privilege Escalation, Defense Evasion

| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Endpoint.Registry where Registry.registry_path= "*\\AppX82a6gwre4fdg3bt635tn5ctqjf8msdd2\\Shell\\open\\command*" (Registry.registry_value_name = "(Default)" OR Registry.registry_value_name = "DelegateExecute") by Registry.registry_path Registry.registry_key_name Registry.registry_value_name Registry.dest 
| `drop_dm_object_name(Registry)` 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `wsreset_uac_bypass_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 Registry node. Also make sure that this registry was included in your config files ex. sysmon config to be monitored.

Required field

  • _time
  • Registry.registry_path
  • Registry.registry_key_name
  • Registry.registry_value_name
  • Registry.dest

Kill Chain Phase

  • Exploitation

Known False Positives



Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
63.0 70 90 Suspicious modification of registry $registry_path$ with possible payload path $registry_value_name$ in $dest$


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