Creation or Modification of a new GPO Scheduled Task or Serviceedit

Detects the creation or modification of a new Group Policy based scheduled task or service. These methods are used for legitimate system administration, but can also be abused by an attacker with domain admin permissions to execute a malicious payload remotely on all or a subset of the domain joined machines.

Rule type: query

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
  • Persistence

Version: 3 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.10.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.11.2

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License

Rule queryedit

event.category:file and not event.type:deletion and file.path:(C\:\\Wi
ks\\ScheduledTasks.xml or C\:\\Windows\\SYSVOL\\domain\\Policies\\*\\M
ACHINE\\Preferences\\Preferences\\Services\\Services.xml) and not

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 3 (7.11.2 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 2 (7.11.0 release)
  • Formatting only