Lateral Tool Transferedit

Identifies the creation or change of a Windows executable file over network shares. Adversaries may transfer tools or other files between systems in a compromised environment.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 5m

Searches indices from: now-9m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100

References: None


  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Lateral Movement

Version: 3

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

sequence by with maxspan=30s
  [network where event.type == "start" and == 4 and destination.port == 445 and
   network.direction : ("incoming", "ingress") and network.transport == "tcp" and
   source.address != "" and source.address != "::1"
  ] by process.entity_id
  /* add more executable extensions here if they are not noisy in your environment */
  [file where event.type in ("creation", "change") and == 4 and file.extension : ("exe", "dll", "bat", "cmd")] by process.entity_id