Incoming Execution via PowerShell Remotingedit

Identifies remote execution via Windows PowerShell remoting. Windows PowerShell remoting allows for running any Windows PowerShell command on one or more remote computers. This could be an indication of lateral movement.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*

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
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Lateral Movement

Version: 1

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.11.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License

Potential false positivesedit

PowerShell remoting is a dual-use protocol that can be used for benign or malicious activity. It’s important to baseline your environment to determine the amount of noise to expect from this tool.

Rule queryedit

sequence by with maxspan = 30s [network where
network.direction == "incoming" and destination.port in (5985, 5986)
and network.protocol == "http" and source.address != ""
and source.address != "::1" ] [process where event.type ==
"start" and : "wsmprovhost.exe" and not : "conhost.exe"]

Threat mappingedit