Shell Execution via Apple Scriptingedit

Identifies the execution of the shell process (sh) via scripting (JXA or AppleScript). Adversaries may use the doShellScript functionality in JXA or do shell script in AppleScript to execute system commands.

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
  • 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 with maxspan=5s [process where event.type in
("start", "process_started", "info") and == "osascript"]
by [process where event.type in ("start",
"process_started") and == "sh" and process.args == "-c"]
by process.ppid

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (7.12.0 release)
  • Formatting only