Incoming Execution via WinRM Remote Shelledit

Identifies remote execution via Windows Remote Management (WinRM) remote shell on a target host. This could be an indication of lateral movement.

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

Potential false positivesedit

WinRM 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 ==
4 and network.direction == "incoming" and destination.port in
(5985, 5986) and network.protocol == "http" and not source.address in
("::1", "") ] [process where event.type == "start" and : "winrshost.exe" and not :

Threat mappingedit