Modification of AmsiEnable Registry Keyedit

JScript tries to query the AmsiEnable registry key from the HKEY_USERS registry hive before initializing Antimalware Scan Interface (AMSI). If this key is set to 0, AMSI is not enabled for the JScript process. An adversary can modify this key to disable AMSI protections.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: high

Risk score: 73

Runs every: 5m

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

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

registry where event.type in ("creation", "change") and
  registry.path: "HKEY_USERS\\*\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows Script\\Settings\\AmsiEnable" and "0"