Shortcut File Written or Modified for Persistenceedit

Identifies files written to or modified in the startup folder by commonly abused processes. Adversaries may use this technique to maintain persistence.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 5 minutes

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

Maximum alerts per execution: 100


  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Persistence

Version: 3 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.11.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.12.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

file where event.type != "deletion" and user.domain != "NT
AUTHORITY" and file.path :
Menu\\Programs\\StartUp\\*") and : ("cmd.exe",
"powershell.exe", "wmic.exe",
"mshta.exe", "pwsh.exe",
"cscript.exe", "wscript.exe",
"regsvr32.exe", "RegAsm.exe",
"rundll32.exe", "EQNEDT32.EXE",
"MSACCESS.EXE", "iexplore.exe",

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 3 (7.12.0 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 2 (7.11.2 release)
  • Formatting only