Persistence via Docker Shortcut Modificationedit

An adversary can establish persistence by modifying an existing macOS dock property list in order to execute a malicious application instead of the intended one when invoked.

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*

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
  • macOS
  • Threat Detection
  • Persistence

Version: 2 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.12.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.15.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

event.category : file and event.action : modification and file.path
: /Users/*/Library/Preferences/ and not : (xpcproxy or cfprefsd or plutil or jamf or PlistBuddy
or InstallerRemotePluginService)

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (7.15.0 release)
  • Formatting only