Account Password Reset Remotelyedit

Identifies an attempt to reset a potentially privileged account password remotely. Adversaries may manipulate account passwords to maintain access or evade password duration policies and preserve compromised credentials.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.forwarded*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 5m

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

Maximum alerts per execution: 100



  • Domain: Endpoint
  • OS: Windows
  • Use Case: Threat Detection
  • Tactic: Persistence
  • Tactic: Impact

Version: 108

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Investigation guideedit

This rule may cause medium to high performance impact due to logic scoping all remote Windows logon activity.

Rule queryedit

sequence by winlog.computer_name with maxspan=1m
  [authentication where event.action == "logged-in" and
    /* event 4624 need to be logged */
    winlog.logon.type : "Network" and event.outcome == "success" and source.ip != null and
    source.ip != "" and source.ip != "::1" and
    not winlog.event_data.TargetUserName : ("svc*", "PIM_*", "_*_", "*-*-*", "*$")] by winlog.event_data.TargetLogonId
   /* event 4724 need to be logged */
  [iam where event.action == "reset-password" and
       This rule is very noisy if not scoped to privileged accounts, duplicate the
       rule and add your own naming convention and accounts of interest here.
    winlog.event_data.TargetUserName: ("*Admin*", "*super*", "*SVC*", "*DC0*", "*service*", "*DMZ*", "*ADM*") or
    winlog.event_data.TargetSid : ("S-1-5-21-*-500", "S-1-12-1-*-500")
  ] by winlog.event_data.SubjectLogonId