Launch Agent Creation or Modification and Immediate Loadingedit

An adversary can establish persistence by installing a new launch agent that executes at login by using launchd or launchctl to load a plist into the appropriate directories.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*

Severity: low

Risk score: 21

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
  • Persistence

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

Potential false positivesedit

Trusted applications persisting via LaunchAgent

Rule queryedit

sequence by with maxspan=1m [file where event.type !=
"deletion" and file.path : ("/System/Library/LaunchAgents/*",
"/Library/LaunchAgents/*", "/Users/*/Library/LaunchAgents/*") ]
[process where event.type in ("start", "process_started") and == "launchctl" and process.args == "load"]

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (7.12.0 release)
  • Formatting only