Access of Stored Browser Credentialsedit

Identifies the execution of a process with arguments pointing to known browser files that store passwords and cookies. Adversaries may acquire credentials from web browsers by reading files specific to the target browser.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*

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
  • macOS
  • Threat Detection
  • Credential Access

Version: 2

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Investigation guideedit

## Config

If enabling an EQL rule on a non-elastic-agent index (such as beats) for versions <8.2, events will not define `event.ingested` and default fallback for EQL rules was not added until 8.2, so you will need to add a custom pipeline to populate `event.ingested` to @timestamp for this rule to work.

Rule queryedit

process where event.type in ("start", "process_started") and
  process.args :
      "/Users/*/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Login Data",
      "/Users/*/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Cookies",
      "/Users/*/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/*.default/cookies.sqlite",
      "/Users/*/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/*.default/key*.db",
      "/Users/*/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/*.default/logins.json",
      "Login Data",