Potential Credential Access via LSASS Memory Dumpedit

Identifies suspicious access to a Local Security Authority Server Service (LSASS) handle from a call trace pointing to DBGHelp.dll or DBGCore.dll, which both export the MiniDumpWriteDump method that can be used to dump LSASS memory content in preparation for credential access.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • 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
  • Credential Access

Version: 4

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.code == "10" and
  winlog.event_data.TargetImage : "?:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\lsass.exe" and

   /* DLLs exporting MiniDumpWriteDump API to create an lsass mdmp*/
  winlog.event_data.CallTrace : ("*dbghelp*", "*dbgcore*") and

   /* case of lsass crashing */
  not process.executable : ("?:\\Windows\\System32\\WerFault.exe", "?:\\Windows\\System32\\WerFaultSecure.exe")