WMI Incoming Lateral Movementedit

Identifies processes executed via Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) on a remote host. This could be indicative of adversary lateral movement, but could be noisy if administrators use WMI to remotely manage hosts.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • logs-endpoint.events.*
  • 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

Rule queryedit

sequence by host.id with maxspan = 2s /* Accepted Incoming RPC
connection by Winmgmt service */ [network where process.name :
"svchost.exe" and network.direction == "incoming" and
source.address != "" and source.address != "::1" and
source.port >= 49152 and destination.port >= 49152 ] /* Excluding
Common FPs Nessus and SCCM */ [process where event.type in
("start", "process_started") and process.parent.name : "WmiPrvSE.exe"
and not process.args : ("C:\\windows\\temp\\nessus_*.txt",
"C:\\CCM\\Cache\\*") ]

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (7.12.0 release)
  • Formatting only