SoftwareUpdate Preferences Modificationedit

Identifies changes to the SoftwareUpdate preferences using the built-in defaults command. Adversaries may abuse this in an attempt to disable security updates.

Rule type: query

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*

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
  • macOS
  • Threat Detection
  • Defense Evasion

Version: 2 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.12.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 8.4.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Potential false positivesedit

Authorized SoftwareUpdate Settings Changes

Rule queryedit

event.category:process and event.type:(start or process_started) and and process.args:(write and "-bool" and
( or
/Library/Preferences/ and not (TRUE or

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (8.4.0 release)
  • Formatting only