Shortcut File Written or Modified on Startup Folderedit

Identifies shortcut files written to or modified in the startup folder. Adversaries may use this technique to maintain persistence.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • endgame-*

Severity: low

Risk score: 21

Runs every: 5m

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

Maximum alerts per execution: 100

References: None


  • Domain: Endpoint
  • OS: Windows
  • Use Case: Threat Detection
  • Tactic: Persistence
  • Data Source: Elastic Endgame
  • Data Source: Elastic Defend
  • Rule Type: BBR

Version: 1

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

file where host.os.type == "windows" and event.type != "deletion" and file.extension == "lnk" and
  file.path : (
    "C:\\Users\\*\\AppData\\Roaming\\Microsoft\\Windows\\Start Menu\\Programs\\Startup\\*",
    "C:\\ProgramData\\Microsoft\\Windows\\Start Menu\\Programs\\StartUp\\*"
  ) and
  not (
    ( : "ONENOTE.EXE" and process.code_signature.status: "trusted" and : "Send to OneNote.lnk") or
    ( "OktaVerifySetup.exe" and process.code_signature.status: "trusted" and : "Okta Verify.lnk")