Process Creation via Secondary Logonedit

Identifies process creation with alternate credentials. Adversaries may create a new process with a different token to escalate privileges and bypass access controls.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-system.*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 5 minutes

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

Maximum alerts per execution: 100



  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Privilege Escalation

Version: 1

Added (Elastic Stack release): 8.5.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Investigation guideedit

Rule queryedit

sequence by with maxspan=1m [authentication where
event.action:"logged-in" and event.outcome == "success" and"S-1-5-21-*" and /* seclogon service */ ==
"svchost.exe" and winlog.event_data.LogonProcessName : "seclogo*"
and source.ip == "::1" ] by winlog.event_data.TargetLogonId [process
where event.type == "start"] by winlog.event_data.TargetLogonId

Threat mappingedit