Suspicious WMI Image Load from MS Officeedit

Identifies a suspicious image load (wmiutils.dll) from Microsoft Office processes. This behavior may indicate adversarial activity where child processes are spawned via Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). This technique can be used to execute code and evade traditional parent/child processes spawned from Microsoft Office products.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: low

Risk score: 21

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: 4 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.11.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.15.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

library where : ("WINWORD.EXE", "EXCEL.EXE",
"POWERPNT.EXE", "MSPUB.EXE", "MSACCESS.EXE") and event.action :
"load" and event.category : "library" and :

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 4 (7.15.0 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 3 (7.12.0 release)
  • Updated query, changed from:

    library where in ("WINWORD.EXE", "EXCEL.EXE",
    "POWERPNT.EXE", "MSPUB.EXE", "MSACCESS.EXE") and event.action ==
    "load" and event.category == "library" and ==
Version 2 (7.11.2 release)
  • Formatting only