Potential Credential Access via Windows Utilitiesedit

Identifies the execution of known Windows utilities often abused to dump LSASS memory or the Active Directory database (NTDS.dit) in preparation for credential access.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

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

Severity: high

Risk score: 73

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
  • Credential Access

Version: 3 (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

process where event.type in ("start", "process_started") and /* update
here with any new lolbas with dump capability */
(process.pe.original_file_name == "procdump" and process.args : "-ma")
or (process.name : "ProcessDump.exe" and not process.parent.executable
: "C:\\Program Files*\\Cisco Systems\\*.exe") or
(process.pe.original_file_name == "WriteMiniDump.exe" and not
process.parent.executable : "C:\\Program Files*\\Steam\\*.exe") or
(process.pe.original_file_name == "RUNDLL32.EXE" and (process.args :
"MiniDump*" or process.command_line : "*comsvcs.dll*#24*")) or
(process.pe.original_file_name == "RdrLeakDiag.exe" and process.args :
"/fullmemdmp") or (process.pe.original_file_name == "SqlDumper.exe"
and process.args : "0x01100*") or (process.pe.original_file_name ==
"TTTracer.exe" and process.args : "-dumpFull" and process.args :
"-attach") or (process.pe.original_file_name == "ntdsutil.exe" and
process.args : "create*full*") or (process.pe.original_file_name ==
"diskshadow.exe" and process.args : "/s")

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 3 (7.12.0 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 2 (7.11.2 release)
  • Formatting only