Command Shell Activity Started via RunDLL32edit

Identifies command shell activity started via RunDLL32, which is commonly abused by attackers to host malicious code.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*

Severity: low

Risk score: 21

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
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Execution

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 : ("cmd.exe", "powershell.exe") and
: "rundll32.exe" and /* common FPs can be added here */ not
process.parent.args :

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (7.11.2 release)
  • Formatting only