Suspicious PrintSpooler Service Executable File Creationedit

Detects attempts to exploit privilege escalation vulnerabilities related to the Print Spooler service. For more information refer to the following CVE’s - CVE-2020-1048, CVE-2020-1337 and CVE-2020-1300 and verify that the impacted system is patched.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.*
  • endgame-*

Severity: high

Risk score: 73

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
  • Data Source: Elastic Endgame
  • Use Case: Vulnerability
  • Data Source: Elastic Defend

Version: 106

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2


If enabling an EQL rule on a non-elastic-agent index (such as beats) for versions <8.2, events will not define event.ingested and default fallback for EQL rules was not added until version 8.2. Hence for this rule to work effectively, users will need to add a custom ingest pipeline to populate event.ingested to @timestamp. For more details on adding a custom ingest pipeline refer -

Rule queryedit

file where host.os.type == "windows" and event.type == "creation" and : "spoolsv.exe" and file.extension : "dll" and
  file.path : ("?:\\Windows\\System32\\*", "?:\\Windows\\SysWOW64\\*") and
  not file.path : (