Suspicious Cmd Execution via WMIedit

Identifies suspicious command execution (cmd) via Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) on a remote host. This could be indicative of adversary lateral movement.

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
  • Execution

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

process where event.type in ("start", "process_started") and : "WmiPrvSE.exe" and : "cmd.exe" and
process.args : "\\\\\\*" and process.args : ("2>&1", "1>")

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 3 (7.12.0 release)
  • Updated query, changed from:

    process where event.type in ("start", "process_started") and == "WmiPrvSE.exe" and == "cmd.exe"
    and wildcard(process.args, "\\\\\\*") and process.args in
    ("2>&1", "1>")
Version 2 (7.11.2 release)
  • Formatting only