Potential LSASS Clone Creation via PssCaptureSnapShotedit

Identifies the creation of an LSASS process clone via PssCaptureSnapShot where the parent process is the initial LSASS process instance. This may indicate an attempt to evade detection and dump LSASS memory for credential access.

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
  • Credential Access

Version: 1

Added (Elastic Stack release): 8.0.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Investigation guideedit

## Config

This is meant to run only on datasources using Windows security event 4688 that captures the process clone creation.

Rule queryedit

process where event.code:"4688" and process.executable :
"?:\\Windows\\System32\\lsass.exe" and process.parent.executable :

Threat mappingedit