Remote Desktop Enabled in Windows Firewalledit

Identifies use of the network shell utility (netsh.exe) to enable inbound Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connections in the Windows Firewall.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 5m

Searches indices from: now-9m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100

References: None


  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Defense Evasion

Version: 4

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

process where event.type in ("start", "process_started") and
 ( : "netsh.exe" or == "netsh.exe") and
 process.args : ("localport=3389", "RemoteDesktop", "group=\"remote desktop\"") and
 process.args : ("action=allow", "enable=Yes", "enable")