Enable Host Network Discovery via Netshedit

Identifies use of the netsh.exe program to enable host discovery via the network. Attackers can use this command-line tool to weaken the host firewall settings.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-endpoint.events.*
  • 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
  • Defense Evasion

Version: 2 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.14.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.16.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Potential false positivesedit

Host Windows Firewall planned system administration changes.

Rule queryedit

process where event.type == "start" and process.name : "netsh.exe" and
process.args : ("firewall", "advfirewall") and process.args :
"group=Network Discovery" and process.args : "enable=Yes"

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (7.16.0 release)
  • Formatting only