SeDebugPrivilege Enabled by a Suspicious Processedit

Identifies the creation of a process running as SYSTEM and impersonating a Windows core binary privileges. Adversaries may create a new process with a different token to escalate privileges and bypass access controls.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 5m

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

Maximum alerts per execution: 100



  • Domain: Endpoint
  • OS: Windows
  • Use Case: Threat Detection
  • Tactic: Privilege Escalation

Version: 7

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2



Windows Event 4703 logs Token Privileges changes and need to be configured (Enable).

Steps to implement the logging policy with Advanced Audit Configuration:

Computer Configuration >
Policies >
Windows Settings >
Security Settings >
Advanced Audit Policies Configuration >
Audit Policies >
Detailed Tracking >
Token Right Adjusted Events (Success)

Rule queryedit

any where host.os.type == "windows" and event.provider: "Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing" and
 event.action : "Token Right Adjusted Events" and

 winlog.event_data.EnabledPrivilegeList : "SeDebugPrivilege" and

 /* exclude processes with System Integrity  */
 not winlog.event_data.SubjectUserSid : ("S-1-5-18", "S-1-5-19", "S-1-5-20") and

 not winlog.event_data.ProcessName :
          "?:\\Program Files\\*",
          "?:\\Program Files (x86)\\*",