Outbound Scheduled Task Activity via PowerShelledit

Identifies the PowerShell process loading the Task Scheduler COM DLL followed by an outbound RPC network connection within a short time period. This may indicate lateral movement or remote discovery via scheduled tasks.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-endpoint.events.*

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
  • Discovery
  • Lateral Movement

Version: 1

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.11.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License

Potential false positivesedit

Legitimate scheduled tasks may be created during installation of new software.

Rule queryedit

sequence by host.id, process.entity_id with maxspan = 5s [library
where file.name: "taskschd.dll" and process.name: ("powershell.exe",
"pwsh.exe")] [network where process.name : ("powershell.exe",
"pwsh.exe") and destination.port == 135 and not destination.address in
("", "::1")]

Threat mappingedit