BPF filter applied using TCedit

Detects when the tc (transmission control) binary is utilized to set a BPF (Berkeley Packet Filter) on a network interface. Tc is used to configure Traffic Control in the Linux kernel. It can shape, schedule, police and drop traffic. A threat actor can utilize tc to set a bpf filter on an interface for the purpose of manipulating the incoming traffic. This technique is not at all common and should indicate abnormal, suspicious or malicious activity.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • logs-*

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
  • Linux
  • Threat Detection
  • Execution
  • TripleCross

Version: 100 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 8.4.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 8.5.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

process where event.type != "end" and process.executable :
"/usr/sbin/tc" and process.args : "filter" and process.args : "add"
and process.args : "bpf" and not process.parent.executable:

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 100 (8.5.0 release)
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