Roshal Archive (RAR) or PowerShell File Downloaded from the Internetedit

Detects a Roshal Archive (RAR) file or PowerShell script downloaded from the internet by an internal host. Gaining initial access to a system and then downloading encoded or encrypted tools to move laterally is a common practice for adversaries as a way to protect their more valuable tools and TTPs. This may be atypical behavior for a managed network and can be indicative of malware, exfiltration, or command and control.

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • packetbeat-*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 5 minutes

Searches indices from: now-6m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100



  • Elastic
  • Network
  • Threat Detection
  • Command and Control

Version: 3 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.10.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.12.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Potential false positivesedit

Downloading RAR or PowerShell files from the Internet may be expected for certain systems. This rule should be tailored to either exclude systems as sources or destinations in which this behavior is expected.

Investigation guideedit

This activity has been observed in FIN7 campaigns.

Rule queryedit

event.category:(network OR network_traffic) AND network.protocol:http
AND url.path:/.*(rar|ps1)/ AND source.ip:(\/8 OR\/12 OR\/16)

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

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