Remote File Download via Script Interpreteredit

Identifies built-in Windows script interpreters (cscript.exe or wscript.exe) being used to download an executable file from a remote destination.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.*

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
  • Command and Control

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 [network where :
("wscript.exe", "cscript.exe") and network.protocol != "dns" and
network.direction == "outgoing" and network.type == "ipv4" and
destination.ip != "" ] [file where event.type ==
"creation" and file.extension : ("exe", "dll")]

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (7.12.0 release)
  • Formatting only