Suspicious Execution via Scheduled Taskedit

Identifies execution of a suspicious program via scheduled tasks by looking at process lineage and command line usage.

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
  • Persistence

Version: 4

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

process where event.type == "start" and
    /* Schedule service cmdline on Win10+ */ : "svchost.exe" and process.parent.args : "Schedule" and
    /* add suspicious programs here */ in
                                  ) and
    /* add suspicious paths here */
    process.args : (