Access of Stored Browser Credentialsedit

Identifies the execution of a process with arguments pointing to known browser files that store passwords and cookies. Adversaries may acquire credentials from web browsers by reading files specific to the target browser.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • auditbeat-*

Severity: high

Risk score: 73

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
  • Credential Access

Version: 2 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.12.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 8.2.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Investigation guideedit

## Config

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 8.2, so you will need to add a custom pipeline to populate `event.ingested` to @timestamp for this rule to work.

Rule queryedit

process where event.type in ("start", "process_started") and
process.args : ( "/Users/*/Library/Application
Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Login Data",
"/Users/*/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Cookies",
"/Users/*/Library/Cookies*", "/Users/*/Library/Application
Support/Firefox/Profiles/*.default/logins.json", "Login Data",
"Cookies.binarycookies", "key4.db", "key3.db",
"logins.json", "cookies.sqlite" )

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 2 (8.2.0 release)
  • Formatting only