Suspicious ImagePath Service Creationedit

Identifies the creation of a suspicious ImagePath value. This could be an indication of an adversary attempting to stealthily persist or escalate privileges through abnormal service creation.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*

Severity: high

Risk score: 73

Runs every: 5 minutes

Searches indices from: now-6m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100


  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Persistence

Version: 2 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.11.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.11.2

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License

Rule queryedit

registry where registry.path :
"HKLM\\SYSTEM\\ControlSet*\\Services\\*\\ImagePath" and /* add
suspicious registry ImagePath values here */ :
("%COMSPEC%*", "*\\.\\pipe\\*")

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (7.11.2 release)
  • Formatting only