UAC Bypass Attempt via Privileged IFileOperation COM Interfaceedit

Identifies attempts to bypass User Account Control (UAC) via DLL side-loading. Attackers may attempt to bypass UAC to stealthily execute code with elevated permissions.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: high

Risk score: 73

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
  • Privilege Escalation

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

file where event.type : "change" and : "dllhost.exe" and
/* Known modules names side loaded into process running with high or
system integrity level for UAC Bypass, update here for new modules */ : ("wow64log.dll", "comctl32.dll", "DismCore.dll",
"OskSupport.dll", "duser.dll", "") and /* has no
impact on rule logic just to avoid OS install related FPs */ not
file.path : ("C:\\Windows\\SoftwareDistribution\\*",

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 4 (7.15.0 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 3 (7.12.0 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 2 (7.11.2 release)
  • Formatting only