Mshta Making Network Connectionsedit

Identifies Mshta.exe making outbound network connections. This may indicate adversarial activity, as Mshta is often leveraged by adversaries to execute malicious scripts and evade detection.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.sysmon_operational-*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 5m

Searches indices from: now-20m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100

References: None


  • Domain: Endpoint
  • OS: Windows
  • Use Case: Threat Detection
  • Tactic: Defense Evasion
  • Data Source: Elastic Defend
  • Data Source: Sysmon

Version: 106

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

sequence by process.entity_id with maxspan=10m
  [process where host.os.type == "windows" and event.type == "start" and : "mshta.exe" and
     not : "Microsoft.ConfigurationManagement.exe" and
     not (process.parent.executable : "C:\\Amazon\\Amazon Assistant\\amazonAssistantService.exe" or
          process.parent.executable : "C:\\TeamViewer\\TeamViewer.exe") and
     not process.args : "ADSelfService_Enroll.hta"]
  [network where host.os.type == "windows" and : "mshta.exe"]