Attempt to Unload Elastic Endpoint Security Kernel Extensionedit

Identifies attempts to unload the Elastic Endpoint Security kernel extension via the kextunload command.

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*

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
  • macOS
  • Threat Detection
  • Defense Evasion

Version: 1

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.12.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

event.category:process and event.type:(start or process_started) and and
process.args:("/System/Library/Extensions/EndpointSecurity.kext" or

Threat mappingedit