IPSEC NAT Traversal Port Activityedit

This rule detects events that could be describing IPSEC NAT Traversal traffic. IPSEC is a VPN technology that allows one system to talk to another using encrypted tunnels. NAT Traversal enables these tunnels to communicate over the Internet where one of the sides is behind a NAT router gateway. This may be common on your network, but this technique is also used by threat actors to avoid detection.

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • packetbeat-*
  • logs-network_traffic.*

Severity: low

Risk score: 21

Runs every: 5m

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

Maximum alerts per execution: 100

References: None


  • Tactic: Command and Control
  • Domain: Endpoint
  • Use Case: Threat Detection

Version: 103

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

event.dataset: network_traffic.flow and network.transport:udp and destination.port:4500