LaunchDaemon Creation or Modification and Immediate Loadingedit

Indicates the creation or modification of a launch daemon, which adversaries may use to repeatedly execute malicious payloads as part of persistence.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*

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



  • Domain: Endpoint
  • OS: macOS
  • Use Case: Threat Detection
  • Tactic: Persistence
  • Data Source: Elastic Defend

Version: 104

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

sequence by with maxspan=1m
 [file where host.os.type == "macos" and event.type != "deletion" and file.path : ("/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/*", "/Library/LaunchDaemons/*")]
 [process where host.os.type == "macos" and event.type in ("start", "process_started") and == "launchctl" and process.args == "load"]