Shell Execution via Apple Scriptingedit

Identifies the execution of the shell process (sh) via scripting (JXA or AppleScript). Adversaries may use the doShellScript functionality in JXA or do shell script in AppleScript to execute system commands.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:


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: macOS
  • Use Case: Threat Detection
  • Tactic: Execution
  • Data Source: Elastic Defend

Version: 105

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

sequence by with maxspan=5s
 [process where host.os.type == "macos" and event.type in ("start", "process_started", "info") and == "osascript"] by
 [process where host.os.type == "macos" and event.type in ("start", "process_started") and == "sh" and process.args == "-c"] by