Suspicious Child Process of Adobe Acrobat Reader Update Serviceedit

Detects attempts to exploit privilege escalation vulnerabilities related to the Adobe Acrobat Reader PrivilegedHelperTool responsible for installing updates. For more information, refer to CVE-2020-9615, CVE-2020-9614 and CVE-2020-9613 and verify that the impacted system is patched.

Rule type: query

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
  • Privilege Escalation
  • CVE-2020-9615
  • CVE-2020-9614
  • CVE-2020-9613

Version: 100

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

event.category:process and event.type:(start or process_started) and and and
  not process.executable: (/Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/com.adobe.ARMDC.SMJobBlessHelper or
                           /usr/bin/codesign or
                           /private/var/folders/zz/*/T/download/ARMDCHammer or
                           /usr/sbin/pkgutil or
                           /usr/bin/shasum or
                           /usr/bin/perl* or
                           /usr/sbin/spctl or
                           /usr/sbin/installer or