Virtual Machine Fingerprintingedit

An adversary may attempt to get detailed information about the operating system and hardware. This rule identifies common locations used to discover virtual machine hardware by a non-root user. This technique has been used by the Pupy RAT and other malware.

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*

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
  • Linux
  • Threat Detection
  • Discovery

Version: 6 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.8.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.12.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Potential false positivesedit

Certain tools or automated software may enumerate hardware information. These tools can be exempted via user name or process arguments to eliminate potential noise.

Rule queryedit

event.category:process and event.type:(start or process_started) and
process.args:("/sys/class/dmi/id/bios_version" or
"/sys/class/dmi/id/product_name" or
"/sys/class/dmi/id/chassis_vendor" or
"/proc/scsi/scsi" or "/proc/ide/hd0/model") and not

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 6 (7.12.0 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 5 (7.11.2 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 4 (7.10.0 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 3 (7.9.1 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 2 (7.9.0 release)
  • Updated query, changed from:

    event.action:executed and
    process.args:("/sys/class/dmi/id/bios_version" or
    "/sys/class/dmi/id/product_name" or "/sys/class/dmi/id/chassis_vendor"
    or "/proc/scsi/scsi" or "/proc/ide/hd0/model") and not