Incoming DCOM Lateral Movement with ShellBrowserWindow or ShellWindowsedit

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

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

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=5s [network where event.type ==
"start" and : "explorer.exe" and network.direction ==
"incoming" and network.transport == "tcp" and source.port > 49151
and destination.port > 49151 and not source.address in ("",
"::1") ] by process.entity_id [process where event.type in ("start",
"process_started") and : "explorer.exe" ] by

Threat mappingedit