Potential Remote Desktop Tunneling Detectededit

Identifies potential use of an SSH utility to establish RDP over a reverse SSH Tunnel. This can be used by attackers to enable routing of network packets that would otherwise not reach their intended destination.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • logs-endpoint.events.*
  • 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
  • Command and Control

Version: 4

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

process where event.type in ("start", "process_started") and
  /* RDP port and usual SSH tunneling related switches in command line */
  process.args : "*:3389" and
  process.args : ("-L", "-P", "-R", "-pw", "-ssh")