Suspicious WMIC XSL Script Executionedit

Identifies WMIC whitelisting bypass techniques by alerting on suspicious execution of scripts. When WMIC loads scripting libraries it may be indicative of a whitelist bypass.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:


Severity: medium

Risk score: 21

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
  • Defense Evasion

Version: 1

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.10.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License

Rule queryedit

sequence by process.entity_id with maxspan=2m [process where
event.type in ("start", "process_started") and ( :
"WMIC.exe" or == "wmic.exe") and
wildcard(process.args, "format*:*", "/format*:*", "*-format*:*") and
not wildcard(process.command_line, "* /format:table *")] [library
where event.type == "start" and in ("jscript.dll",

Threat mappingedit