Suspicious PrintSpooler SPL File Creatededit

Detects attempts to exploit privilege escalation vulnerabilities related to the Print Spooler service including CVE-2020-1048 and CVE-2020-1337. .

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • 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
  • Privilege Escalation

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

Investigation guideedit

Refer to CVEs, CVE-2020-1048 and CVE-2020-1337 for further information on the vulnerability and exploit. Verify that the relevant system is patched.

Rule queryedit

event.category:file and not event.type:deletion and
file.extension:(spl or SPL) and
file.path:C\:\\Windows\\System32\\spool\\PRINTERS\\* and not or printfilterpipelinesvc.exe or
PrintIsolationHost.exe or splwow64.exe or msiexec.exe or poqexec.exe)

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

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