Webshell Detection: Script Process Child of Common Web Processes


Webshell Detection: Script Process Child of Common Web Processesedit

Identifies suspicious commands executed via a web server, which may suggest a vulnerability and remote shell access.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-endpoint.events.*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: high

Risk score: 73

Runs every: 5m

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

Maximum alerts per execution: 100



  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Persistence

Version: 3

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Investigation guideedit

## Triage and analysis

Detections should be investigated to identify if the activity corresponds to legitimate activity. As this rule detects post-exploitation process activity, investigations into this should be prioritized.

Rule queryedit

process where event.type == "start" and
  process.parent.name : ("w3wp.exe", "httpd.exe", "nginx.exe", "php.exe", "php-cgi.exe", "tomcat.exe") and
  process.name : ("cmd.exe", "cscript.exe", "powershell.exe", "pwsh.exe", "powershell_ise.exe", "wmic.exe", "wscript.exe")