Unusual Windows Process Calling the Metadata Service


Unusual Windows Process Calling the Metadata Serviceedit

Looks for anomalous access to the metadata service by an unusual process. The metadata service may be targeted in order to harvest credentials or user data scripts containing secrets.

Rule type: machine_learning

Machine learning job: windows_rare_metadata_process, v2_windows_rare_metadata_process

Machine learning anomaly threshold: 50

Severity: low

Risk score: 21

Runs every: 15 minutes

Searches indices from: now-45m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100


  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • ML

Version: 3 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.10.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.14.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Potential false positivesedit

A newly installed program or one that runs very rarely as part of a monthly or quarterly workflow could trigger this detection rule.

Rule version historyedit

Version 3 (7.14.0 release)
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Version 2 (7.12.0 release)
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