Volume Shadow Copy Deleted or Resized via VssAdminedit

Identifies use of vssadmin.exe for shadow copy deletion or resizing on endpoints. This commonly occurs in tandem with ransomware or other destructive attacks.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-endpoint.events.*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: high

Risk score: 73

Runs every: 5m

Searches indices from: now-9m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100

References: None


  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Impact

Version: 10

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

process where event.type in ("start", "process_started") and event.action == "start"
  and (process.name : "vssadmin.exe" or process.pe.original_file_name == "VSSADMIN.EXE") and
  process.args in ("delete", "resize") and process.args : "shadows*"