Remote Scheduled Task Creationedit

Identifies remote scheduled task creations on a target host. This could be indicative of adversary lateral movement.

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
  • Lateral Movement

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

Investigation guideedit

Decode the base64 encoded tasks actions registry value to investigate the task configured action.

Rule queryedit

/* Task Scheduler service incoming connection followed by TaskCache
registry modification */ sequence by, process.entity_id with
maxspan = 1m [network where : "svchost.exe" and
network.direction == "incoming" and source.port >= 49152 and
destination.port >= 49152 and source.address != "" and
source.address != "::1" ] [registry where registry.path :

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (7.12.0 release)
  • Formatting only