Attempt to Remove File Quarantine Attributeedit

Identifies a potential Gatekeeper bypass. In macOS, when applications or programs are downloaded from the internet, there is a quarantine flag set on the file. This attribute is read by Apple’s Gatekeeper defense program at execution time. An adversary may disable this attribute to evade defenses.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 43

Runs every: 5 minutes

Searches indices from: now-9m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100



  • Elastic
  • Host
  • macOS
  • Threat Detection
  • Defense Evasion

Version: 2 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.11.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.11.2

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License

Rule queryedit

process where event.type in ("start", "process_started") and == "xattr" and process.args == "" and
process.args == "-d"

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (7.11.2 release)
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