Potential Admin Group Account Additionedit

Identifies attempts to add an account to the admin group via the command line. This could be an indication of privilege escalation activity.

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*
  • logs-endpoint.events.*

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: Privilege Escalation
  • Data Source: Elastic Defend

Version: 104

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

event.category:process and host.os.type:macos and event.type:(start or process_started) and
 process.name:(dscl or dseditgroup) and process.args:(("/Groups/admin" or admin) and ("-a" or "-append"))