Incoming DCOM Lateral Movement with MMCedit

Identifies the use of Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) to run commands from a remote host, which are launched via the MMC20 Application COM Object. This behavior may indicate an attacker abusing a DCOM application to move laterally.

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
  • Lateral Movement

Version: 5

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

sequence by with maxspan=1m
 [network where event.type == "start" and : "mmc.exe" and source.port >= 49152 and
 destination.port >= 49152 and source.ip != "" and source.ip != "::1" and
  network.direction : ("incoming", "ingress") and network.transport == "tcp"
 ] by process.entity_id
 [process where event.type in ("start", "process_started") and : "mmc.exe"
 ] by process.parent.entity_id