SolarWinds Process Disabling Services via Registryedit

Identifies a SolarWinds binary modifying the start type of a service to be disabled. An adversary may abuse this technique to manipulate relevant security services.

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
  • Defense Evasion

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

registry where registry.path :
"HKLM\\SYSTEM\\*ControlSet*\\Services\\*\\Start" and == "4" and : (
"SolarWinds.BusinessLayerHost*.exe", "ConfigurationWizard*.exe",
"NetflowDatabaseMaintenance*.exe", "NetFlowService*.exe",
"SolarWinds.Collector.Service*.exe" ,

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

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