Enumeration of Kernel Modules via Procedit

Loadable Kernel Modules (or LKMs) are pieces of code that can be loaded and unloaded into the kernel upon demand. They extend the functionality of the kernel without the need to reboot the system. This identifies attempts to enumerate information about a kernel module using the /proc/modules filesystem. This filesystem is used by utilities such as lsmod and kmod to list the available kernel modules.

Rule type: new_terms

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*
  • logs-auditd_manager.auditd-*

Severity: low

Risk score: 21

Runs every: 60m

Searches indices from: now-119m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100

References: None


  • Data Source: Auditd Manager
  • OS: Linux
  • Use Case: Threat Detection
  • Tactic: Discovery
  • Rule Type: BBR

Version: 105

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2


This rule requires the use of the auditd_manager integration. Auditd_manager is a tool designed to simplify and enhance the management of the audit subsystem in Linux systems. It provides a user-friendly interface and automation capabilities for configuring and monitoring system auditing through the auditd daemon. With auditd_manager, administrators can easily define audit rules, track system events, and generate comprehensive audit reports, improving overall security and compliance in the system. The following steps should be executed in order to install and deploy auditd_manager on a Linux system.

Kibana -->
Management -->
Integrations -->
Auditd Manager -->
Add Auditd Manager

Auditd_manager subscribes to the kernel and receives events as they occur without any additional configuration. However, if more advanced configuration is required to detect specific behavior, audit rules can be added to the integration in either the "audit rules" configuration box or the "auditd rule files" box by specifying a file to read the audit rules from. For this detection rule to trigger, the following additional audit rules are required to be added to the integration:

-w /proc/ -p r -k audit_proc

Add the newly installed auditd manager to an agent policy, and deploy the agent on a Linux system from which auditd log files are desirable.

Rule queryedit

host.os.type:linux and event.category:file and event.action:"opened-file" and file.path:"/proc/modules"