Persistence via Docker Shortcut Modificationedit

An adversary can establish persistence by modifying an existing macOS dock property list in order to execute a malicious application instead of the intended one when invoked.

Rule type: query

Rule indices:


Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

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: 105

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

event.category:file and host.os.type:macos and event.action:modification and
 file.path:/Users/*/Library/Preferences/ and
 not or cfprefsd or plutil or jamf or PlistBuddy or InstallerRemotePluginService)