Potential Admin Group Account Additionedit

Identifies attempts to add an account to the admin group via the command line. This could be an indication of privilege escalation activity.

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*
  • logs-endpoint.events.*

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
  • Privilege Escalation

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
process.name:(dscl or dseditgroup) and process.args:(("/Groups/admin"
or admin) and ("-a" or "-append"))

Threat mappingedit