Incoming DCOM Lateral Movement with MMCedit

Identifies the use of Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) to run commands from a remote host, which are launched via the MMC20 Application COM Object. This behavior may indicate an attacker abusing a DCOM application to move laterally.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*

Severity: high

Risk score: 73

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
  • Lateral Movement

Version: 1

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.11.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License

Rule queryedit

sequence by with maxspan=1m [network where event.type ==
"start" and : "mmc.exe" and source.port >= 49152 and
destination.port >= 49152 and source.address not in ("",
"::1") and network.direction == "incoming" and network.transport ==
"tcp" ] by process.entity_id [process where event.type in ("start",
"process_started") and : "mmc.exe" ] by

Threat mappingedit