Sudoers File Modificationedit

A sudoers file specifies the commands that users or groups can run and from which terminals. Adversaries can take advantage of these configurations to execute commands as other users or spawn processes with higher privileges.

Rule type: new_terms

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*

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

References: None


  • Domain: Endpoint
  • OS: Linux
  • OS: macOS
  • Use Case: Threat Detection
  • Tactic: Privilege Escalation
  • Data Source: Elastic Defend

Version: 204

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

event.category:file and event.type:change and file.path:(/etc/sudoers* or /private/etc/sudoers*) and
not or platform-python or puppet or yum or dnf) and
not process.executable:(/opt/chef/embedded/bin/ruby or /opt/puppetlabs/puppet/bin/ruby or /usr/bin/dockerd)