Suspicious SolarWinds Child Processedit

A suspicious SolarWinds child process was detected, which may indicate an attempt to execute malicious programs.

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

Potential false positivesedit

Trusted SolarWinds child processes, verify process details such as network connections and file writes.

Rule queryedit

process where event.type in ("start", "process_started") and ("SolarWinds.BusinessLayerHost.exe",
"SolarWinds.BusinessLayerHostx64.exe") and not : (
"APMServiceControl*.exe", "ExportToPDFCmd*.Exe",
"SolarWinds.Orion.Topology.Calculator*.exe", "Database-
Maint.exe", "SolarWinds.Orion.ApiPoller.Service.exe",
"WerFault.exe", "WerMgr.exe")

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

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