Suspicious WMIC XSL Script Executionedit

Identifies WMIC whitelisting bypass techniques by alerting on suspicious execution of scripts. When WMIC loads scripting libraries it may be indicative of a whitelist bypass.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: medium

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
  • Defense Evasion

Version: 2 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.10.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.12.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

sequence by process.entity_id with maxspan = 2m [process where
event.type in ("start", "process_started") and ( :
"WMIC.exe" or : "wmic.exe") and
process.args : ("format*:*", "/format*:*", "*-format*:*") and not
process.command_line : "* /format:table *"] [library where event.type
== "start" and : ("jscript.dll", "vbscript.dll")]

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (7.12.0 release)
  • Updated query, changed from:

    sequence by process.entity_id with maxspan=2m [process where
    event.type in ("start", "process_started") and ( :
    "WMIC.exe" or == "wmic.exe") and
    wildcard(process.args, "format*:*", "/format*:*", "*-format*:*") and
    not wildcard(process.command_line, "* /format:table *")] [library
    where event.type == "start" and in ("jscript.dll",