Apple Script Execution followed by Network Connectionedit

Detects execution via the Apple script interpreter (osascript) followed by a network connection from the same process within a short time period. Adversaries may use malicious scripts for execution and command and control.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*

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
  • macOS
  • Threat Detection
  • Command and Control
  • Execution

Version: 2 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.11.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.12.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

sequence by, process.entity_id with maxspan=30s [process
where event.type == "start" and == "osascript"] [network
where event.type != "end" and == "osascript" and
destination.ip != "::1" and not cidrmatch(destination.ip,
"", "",
"", "",
"", "",
"FE80::/10", "FF00::/8") ]

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (7.12.0 release)
  • Formatting only