Azure Command Execution on Virtual Machineedit

Identifies command execution on a virtual machine (VM) in Azure. A Virtual Machine Contributor role lets you manage virtual machines, but not access them, nor access the virtual network or storage account they’re connected to. However, commands can be run via PowerShell on the VM, which execute as System. Other roles, such as certain Administrator roles may be able to execute commands on a VM as well.

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • filebeat-*
  • logs-azure*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 5m

Searches indices from: now-25m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100



  • Domain: Cloud
  • Data Source: Azure
  • Use Case: Log Auditing
  • Tactic: Execution

Version: 102

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Investigation guideedit


The Azure Fleet integration, Filebeat module, or similarly structured data is required to be compatible with this rule.

Rule queryedit

event.dataset:azure.activitylogs and azure.activitylogs.operation_name:"MICROSOFT.COMPUTE/VIRTUALMACHINES/RUNCOMMAND/ACTION" and event.outcome:(Success or success)